Bernstein and Musicians

Ruth’s love for music came from her mother who had toured the country with a vaudeville trio and taught piano. As a teenager, Orkin worked at the Hollywood Bowl selling programs. In the late 1940’s she wrote to the Boston Symphony Orchestra to see if they would allow her to photograph them at Tanglewood over the summer, they said they didn’t need anyone. She went anyway and spent several summers at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

She also photographed the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium at City College where they used to rehearse and give concerts over the summer. Orkin captured some of the greatest musicians and composers of our time including: Marian Anderson; Leonard Bernstein; Benjamin Britten; Aaron Copland; Jascha Heifitz, William Kapell; Serge Koussevitzky; Dimitri Mitropoulos; Arthur Rubinstein; Isaac Stern and many others.

Ruth Orkin’s collection of others in the music industry she photographed.


Samuel Barber
Marc Blitzstein
Benjamin Britten
Aaron Copland
Ulysses Kaye
Darius Milhaud
William Schuman
Igor Stravinsky
Virgil Thompson


Sir Thomas Beecham
Leonard Bernstein
Pierre Boulez
Sir Adrian Boult
Walter Hendl
Serge Koussevitzky
Edmund Kurtz
Lorin Maazel
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Pierre Monteux
Eugene Ormandy
Paul Paray
Fritz Reiner
Sigmund Romberg
Alexander Smallens
William Steinberg
Leopold Stokowski 


Mischa Elman
Carol Glenn
Jascha Heifetz
Yehudi Menuhin
Nathan Milstein
Albert Spaulding
Isaac Stern 


Claudio Arrau
Lukas Foss
Gary Graffman
Jose Iturbi
William Kappell
Oscar Levant
Eugene Liszt
Arthur Rubinstein 


Marion Anderson
Carol Brice
Lotte Lehman
Ezio Pinza
Robert Rounseville
Eleanor Steber