André Previn

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Andre Previn

German-American pianist, conductor, and composer add

Category: Music

Born in 1929.

Countries: United States (54%), United Kingdom (16%), (5%)

Main connections: London Symphony Orchestra, Dory Previn, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Linked to: Beverly Hills High School, EMI, Guardian Media Group, Telegraph Media Group

 

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Andre Previn was born in 1929 add something

 

Whilst most published reports give 1929, Previn himself has stated that 1930 is his birth year add something


1939

In 1939, his family, being Jewish, had to leave Nazi Germany and moved to Los Angeles, where his great-uncle, Charles Previn, was music director of Universal Studios add something


1943

André grew up in Los Angeles and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1943 add something


1946

At Previn's 1946 graduation from Beverly Hills High School he played a musical duet with Richard M. Sherman; Previn played the piano, accompanying Sherman add something

 

Richard M. Sherman - At his 1946 graduation from Beverly Hills High School, Sherman and classmate André Previn played a musical duet with Previn on piano and Sherman on flute


1948

He first came to prominence by arranging and composing Hollywood film scores in 1948 add something


1950

In the 1950s, mainly recording for Contemporary Records, he worked with J.J. Johnson, Shelly Manne, Leroy Vinnegar, Benny Carter, and others add something

 

In the mid-to-late 1950s, and more recently, Previn toured and recorded as a jazz pianist add something

 

Dory Previn - During the late 1950s and 1960s she was a lyricist on songs intended for motion pictures and, with her husband, André Previn, received several Academy Award nominations

 

Leroy Vinnegar - He came to public attention in the 1950s as a result of recording with Lee Konitz, André Previn, Stan_Getz, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Joe Castro and Serge Chaloff


1951

In 1951 and 1952, while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco during his military service, Previn took private conducting lessons from Pierre Monteux, which he valued highly add something


1957

Previn divorced Bennett in 1957, a few months before she gave birth to their second daughter add something


 

A singer-songwriter who released a debut album as Dory Langdon in 1958, Dory Previn became widely known as a lyricist with whom André Previn collaborated on several Academy award-nominated film scores during their marriage add something

 

Previn has received a total of thirteen Academy award nominations, winning in 1958, 1959, 1963 and 1964 add something

 

Dory Previn - In 1958, as "'Dory Langdon"', she recorded an album of her songs, "The Leprechauns Are Upon Me", with André Previn and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell accompanying her, for Verve Records


1959

In 1959, he married Dory Langan, better known as Dory Previn add something


1960

Previn made two albums with Dinah Shore as arranger, conductor, and accompanist in 1960, and another, "Duet", with Doris Day in 1961 add something


1964

Coincidentally, in 1964, both composers won Oscars for different films, both winning in musical categories add something


1965

Whitey Mitchell - After 1965 he largely ceased playing jazz and moved to Hollywood on advice from Lenny Bruce and André Previn to pursue a career as a television writer


1966

He collaborated with Julie Andrews on a collection of Christmas carols in 1966, focusing on rarely heard carols add something


1967

In 1967, Previn succeeded John Barbirolli as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra add something

 

Malcolm Sargent - He made a stereo recording of Walton's First Symphony in the presence of the composer, but Walton privately preferred André Previn's recording, issued in January 1967, the same month as Sargent's


1968

In 1968, he began his tenure as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra , serving in that post until 1979 add something

 

Dory Previn - London Symphony Orchestra - In 1968 André Previn had fully moved from composing film scores to conducting symphony orchestras, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra


1969

After Previn divorced her in 1969 during her hospitalization for a mental breakdown, Dory Previn resumed her career as a singer-songwriter with On My Way to Where , an "influential" and "critically acclaimed" album whose "searingly honest" confessional lyrics famously chronicled both her mental health struggles and the infidelity that she alleged had at once precipitated the end of her marriage to Previn and exacerbated her intermittent mental illness add something

 

April Cantelo - The sound track recording of the film "The Music Lovers" includes Cantelo singing part of the letter scene from "Eugene Onegin", with the LSO conducted by André Previn and she had previously recorded Metamorphosis on a Bed-time Theme by Alistair Sampson and Joseph Horovitz at the 1958 Hoffnung Festival, and "Horrortorio" at the 1961 Hoffnung Festival

 

Coco Chanel - The Broadway musical "Coco", music by André Previn, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, opened 18 December 1969 and closed 3 October 1970


1970

Previn's third marriage, in 1970, was to Mia Farrow add something

 

Joseph Kalichstein - London Symphony Orchestra - Kalichstein appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn in 1970, giving his first performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5

 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold - On British television, in the 1970s, André Previn conducted one movement from the violin concerto, and told the story of the "famous" American music critic who declared that "Korngold's violin concerto is more corn than gold"

 

Dory Previn - Their divorce became final in July 1970 - André Previn subsequently married Farrow


1971

Previn is particularly remembered in Britain for his performance as "Mr. Andrew Preview" on the "Morecambe and Wise" Christmas Show in 1971, which involved his conducting a performance of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto with Eric Morecambe as the comically inept soloist add something

 

London Symphony Orchestra - In 1971 John Culshaw of BBC television commissioned "André Previn's Music Night", bringing classical music to a large new audience


1974

They adopted Vietnamese infants Lark Song and Summer "Daisy" Song , followed by Soon-Yi Previn, a Korean child whose age a physician's bone scan placed between 6 and 8 years old and whose unknown birth date her adoptive parents estimated as October 8, 1970 add something


1976

From 1976 to 1984, he was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and, in turn, had another television series with the PSO entitled "Previn and the Pittsburgh" add something

 

Live from Lincoln Center - A series of concerts, ballets, operas, and recitals telecast, as the title says, live from Lincoln Center, it was created and developed by executive producer John Goberman, and premiered on January 30, 1976 with a concert featuring André Previn and Van Cliburn


1977

In 1977 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music add something

 

The 1977 television show "Previn and the Pittsburgh" was nominated for three Emmy awards add something

 

Nathaniel Rosen - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - In 1977, at the age of 30, he became principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well, under André Previn


1979

Prior to their divorce in 1979, Previn and Farrow had three biological children together -- twins Matthew and Sascha, born in 1970, and Fletcher, born in 1974 add something


1981

Bruce Clarke - $Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - In 1981 he played second guitar to John Williams with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Andre Previn's "Concerto For Guitar And Orchestra"


1982

In January of 1982 he married Heather Sneddon add something

 

With Heather he had two children, Li-An Mary, adopted 1982 and Lukas Alexander, born 1983 add something


1985

He was principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 to 1988 add something

 

In 1985, he became music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic add something


1986

Heiichiro Ohyama - In 1986, Ohyama was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Maestro André Previn


1989

Because of Previn's objections, Salonen's title and Japanese tour were withdrawn; however, shortly thereafter, in April 1989, Previn resigned add something

 

Esa-Pekka Salonen - In 1989, he was offered the title of Principal Guest Conductor by Executive VP Ernest Fleischmann and was to take the orchestra on a tour of Japan; however, controversy ensued when André Previn, the orchestra's Music Director at the time, was not consulted on either the Principal Guest appointment or the tour, and objected to both


1991

Previn wrote a brief memoir of his early years in Hollywood, "No Minor Chords", which was published in 1991, edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and dedicated to Heather add something


1992

Four months later, Salonen was named Music Director Designate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, officially taking the post of Music Director in October 1992 add something

 

Kathleen Battle - Another first came in January 1992 when Battle premiered André Previn's song cycle "Honey and Rue" with lyrics by Toni Morrison


1996

Previn was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996 add something


1997

Dory Previn - In 1997 she collaborated with André Previn again, to produce a piece for soprano and ensemble entitled "The Magic Number"


1998

Rod Gilfry - San Francisco Opera - The baritone is probably best known for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" at San Francisco Opera which premiered in 1998


2002

His fifth marriage, in 2002, was to the German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, for whom he later wrote a violin concerto add something

 

This marriage ended after 20 years in 2002 add something

 

German Villar - In 2002 he won three awards at the Francisco-Vinas-Competition in Barcelona and joined the ensemble at the Stadttheater Gießen, Germany, where he successfully performed a number of prestigious roles, such as Pollione, Pinkerton, Lenskij and Mitch in the German premiere of André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire"


 

In 2005 he was awarded the international Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine's Lifetime Achievement award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music add something


2006

They announced their divorce in August 2006, but continue to work together in concerts add something


2007

John Caird (director) - In 2007-8 he wrote the libretto for "Brief Encounter", a new opera by André Previn based on the play "Still Life" by Noël Coward and the "Brief Encounter" screenplay by Coward and David Lean


2009

Elizabeth Futral - Houston Grand Opera - In 2009 she portrayed Laura Jesson in the world premiere of Houston Grand Opera's production of André Previn's "Brief Encounter" with Nathan Gunn as Alec Harvey

 

Brief Encounter - In May 2009 Houston Grand Opera premiered a two-act opera "Brief Encounter" based on the story, with music by André Previn from a libretto by John Caird


2010

In 2010, the Recording Academy honored Previn with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy add something


2012

However, In a pre-concert public interview at the Lincoln Center, in May 2012, Previn laughed at the suggestion that he is related to Mahler add something

 

NHK Symphony Orchestra - André Previn has the title of principal guest conductor, and is scheduled to relinquish that post in August 2012


2013

In 2013, jazz singer Kate Dimbleby and pianist Naadia Sheriff revisited Dory Previn's musical reflections on her marriage to André Previn in the London cabaret show, "Beware Of Young Girls: The Dory Previn Story" add something


2016

London Symphony Orchestra - In February, 2016, the orchestra further announced that beginning with the 2016-17 season Gianandrea Noseda will be titled "Principal Guest Conductor" , and that Michael Tilson Thomas will be titled "Conductor Laureate" and Andre Previn will be titled "Conductor Emeritus

 

London Symphony Orchestra - In February 2016, the orchestra further announced that beginning with the 2016-17 season Gianandrea Noseda will be titled "Principal Guest Conductor" , and that Michael Tilson Thomas will be titled "Conductor Laureate" and Andre Previn will be titled "Conductor Emeritus


2019

Previn died on February 28, 2019, at home in Manhattan at the age of 89 add something