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Andre Previn is an Academy Award-winning German-born American pianist, conductor, and composer.
In 1967, Previn became music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In 1968, Previn began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, serving in that post until 1979. From 1976-1984, Previn was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has also held principal conducting positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. His many recordings include the three complete ballets of Tchaikovsky - “Swan Lake,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Nutcracker.”
Previn has composed film scores and other musical works and has also adapted and conducted the music for several films. He has received 13 Academy Award nominations and won 4 Oscars. His Oscar-winning films are “My Fair Lady” (1964), “Irma la Douce” (1963), “Porgy & Bess” (1959), and “Gigi” (1958). In the mid-to-late 1950s, and more recently, Previn toured and recorded as a jazz pianist. He collaborated with Julie Andrews on a collection of Christmas carols in 1966, focusing on rarely heard carols. This popular album has been reissued many times over the years, and is now available on CD. In later years, he has concentrated on composing classical music. He collaborated with Tom Stoppard on “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.” His first opera, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 1998. His numerous other classical works include vocal, chamber, and orchestral music.
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