Who was Andre Previn? The award winning composer and musician


ANDRE Previn died on February 28 2019 at the age of 89.

The Oscar-winning composer has been hailed as a “one of a kind” musician.

Andre Previn rehearsing Strauss's "Symphonia Domestica" with the Juilliard Orchestra
Andre Previn rehearsing Strauss’s “Symphonia Domestica” with the Juilliard Orchestra
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Who was Andre Previn?

Andre Previn, born on April 6 1929 in Berlin, Germany.

The father-of-eight was married five times, including, for a period, to the actress Mia Farrow.

The couple divorced after her relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen.

He was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) from 1968 to 1979.

Andre Previn with fourth wife Heather
Andre Previn with fourth wife Heather
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During this period, he and the orchestra appeared on television in the programme Andre Previn’s Music Night.

He later turned his back on films to conduct orchestras and was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1968 to 1979.

Andre is said to have been a distant relative of composer Gustav Mahler.

What did he win an Oscar for?

Andre was one of the few composers to win Oscars for several years in a row.

He was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won Four.

His winners include, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Porgy and Bess and Irma La Douce.

Andre even won a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.

While married to his second wife Dory, they collaborated on Award winning songs, Pepe and Two for the Seesaw.

Gareth Davies, chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra, said: “Like the majority of players in the present day LSO, Andre’s time as principal conductor had ended before I’d begun, but it was the stuff of legend and I was fortunate enough to be able to perform with him several times over the last 20 years.

“I will never forget hearing the 1970s recording of Previn conducting the LSO in Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony when I was about 15. It had me hooked.

“The sound, the phrasing, the passion. It changed the way I thought about orchestral music.

“When I got to play it a few years ago with Andre conducting, it was really a dream come true. Andre was one of a kind and a real friend to the LSO. We will all miss him.”


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