Composer, conductor, and pianist Andre Previn died February 28 in his Manhattan home at the age of 89.
Best known for his work on film scores and solo Jazz piano, Previn composed the music for the Broadway musical “Coco”, the London musical “Good Companions”, and two Operas – “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Brief Encounter”.
His Hollywood credits include a 1946 debut as a music supervisor on “Undercurrent”, “It Happened in Brooklyn, “The Secret Garden”, “Kiss Me Kate”, “Kismet”, “Gigi”, “Porgy and Bess”, “Long Day’s Journey into Night”, “My Fair Lady”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Paint Your Wagon”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and a variety of award shows.
Throughout his career Previn has performed with Dinah Washington, Doris Day, Sylvia McNair, and Leontyne Price.
As a conductor, Previn has led Symphonic Orchestras in Houston, London, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Oslo, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
His accomplishments include four Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Kennedy Center. In 1996 the British Empire made Previn an honourary Knight for his service to music.
He was born Andreas Ludwig Prewin on April 6, 1929 in Berlin, Germany. He came to the United States with his family shortly before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
Married and divorced five times, Previn had 10 children.
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