Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has today released an emotional statement – following the announcement of the passing of her former husband and close collaborator, Sir André Previn.
Sir André, former Music Director of the LA Philharmonic, London Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, passed away peacefully this morning in his home in New York City following a short illness – aged 89.
The high-profile couple were married from 2002 to 2006 – but continued to collaborate musically and maintained a close friendship.
Sir André composed a number of violin works for his former wife, 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 …” the 55-year-old violin virtuoso today has said.
“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.
“André will live on in the hearts of the millions of music lovers that his life and music has touched … his many scores will continue to enrich the life of musicians around the globe.”
“Right now André is probably in the middle of a jam session with Oscar and Wolfgang … and he will outplay them,” she has lamented.