VERY SAD NEWS  | Luminary Conductor, Pianist & Composer Sir André Previn Has Died – Aged 89 [RIP]

Conductor, pianist and composer Sir André Previn has passed away at his home in New York City - age 89

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Celebrated German-American conductor, classical, pop and jazz pianist and composer Sir André Previn has passed away at his home in New York City following a short illness – aged 89.

Throughout his eclectic seven decade career, he served as Music Director of the LA Philharmonic, London Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, four Academy Awards and ten Grammy Awards.

Sir André was married five times – including high profile relationships with actress Mia Farrow and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Sir André and Ms Mutter were married from 2002 to 2006 – but continued to collaborate musically and maintained a close friendship.

He composed a number of violin works for her, including two violin concertos and the Fifth Season for Violin and Piano‘ – which she premiered with pianist Lambert Orkis at New York’s Carnegie Hall in February of last year.

“André Previn has for more than 70 years illuminated this often dark world with his extraordinary gifts, his superb intelligence and wit …” Anne-Sophie has today said in a statement.

“We were companions in music for 4 decades and closest and dearest soulmates in the last 19 years … these years have brought me an abundance of deeply moving and challenging violin works … one of the first of them, the violin concerto, was an engagement present … I am forever grateful for all of his musical treasures,” she has said.

 

MOZART | SYMPHONY NO. 39 IN E-FLAT MAJOR | SIR ANDRE PREVIN & ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | 1985

 

“Andre Previn was a brilliant musician and gifted composer whose talents were endless … whether we were playing classical, jazz or ragtime or recording his own compositions, I was always honored and thrilled to collaborate with him … he also happened to be one of the funniest people I have ever known … I will miss his music-making and his friendship,” violinist Itzhak Perlman has today said.

“Sad to think that Andre Previn has gone – such a lively, positive presence in London life for so many years … a charming, approachable man too,” cellist Steven Isserlis has today said via social media.

“So sad to hear that André Previn has died … one of the most brilliant, polymathic musicians ever … a huge hero and a role model to me and so many,” conductor Alan Gilbert has said.

“Versatile, witty and brilliant … he will be remembered as an outstanding musician who touched so many people,” conductor Leonard Slatkin has said.

“André Previn … a great musician, a great friend, a great man … We will miss you,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has said.

Our condolences are with Sir André‘s family, friends and colleagues.

 

 

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