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Also Known As: Andreas Ludwig Prewin Died:
Born: April 6, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berlin, DE Profession: composer, conductor, musical director, arranger, pianist

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Andre Previn was a child prodigy who began piano studies in his native Germany at the age of six. With the rise of the Nazis, he and his family fled to Paris in 1938 and to the USA the following year. Previn's father's cousin, Charles Previn, worked as a musical director at Universal Studios, so the family settled in Los Angeles. Eventually, Andre Previn landed at MGM, where he worked as an orchestrator and composer. He won four Oscars for his orchestrations on such swank, effervescent musicals as "Gigi" (1958), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), "Irma La Douce" (1963) and "My Fair Lady" (1964). From the late 1960s onward, he has mostly concentrated on a career as an orchestra music director, working with such world-class symphonies as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has guest conducted around the world.

Andre Previn was a child prodigy who began piano studies in his native Germany at the age of six. With the rise of the Nazis, he and his family fled to Paris in 1938 and to the USA the following year. Previn's father's cousin, Charles Previn, worked as a musical director at Universal Studios, so the family settled in Los Angeles. Eventually, Andre Previn landed at MGM, where he worked as an orchestrator and composer. He won four Oscars for his orchestrations on such swank, effervescent musicals as "Gigi" (1958), "Porgy and Bess" (1959), "Irma La Douce" (1963) and "My Fair Lady" (1964). From the late 1960s onward, he has mostly concentrated on a career as an orchestra music director, working with such world-class symphonies as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has guest conducted around the world.

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1938:
Family moved from Berlin to Paris
1939:
Moved with family to USA; settled in Los Angeles
1943:
Became an American citizen
1943:
First screen credit, as music director on "She's for Me"
1946:
Began recording career
1949:
Began composing film scores
1967:
Served as principal conductor for the Houston Symphony
:
Was principal conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra
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Served as music director, South Bank Music Festival (London)
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Was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony
1969:
Wrote first Broadway musical, "Coco"
1984:
Joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as music director
1989:
Resigned as music director of Los Angeles Philharmonic after dispute with orchestra manager
1998:
Composed opera based on Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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Education

Berlin Conservatory: - 1935 - 1938
Paris Conservatoire: - 1938

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wife:
Dory Langdon. Singer, songwriter. Divorced.
wife:
Mia Farrow. Actor. Third wife; married in 1970; divorced in 1979.
wife:
Heather Hales. Gemologist. Married 1982; fourth wife; filed for divorce in January 1999.
companion:
Anne-Sophie Mutter. Violinist.
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father:
Jack Prewin.
mother:
Charlotte Epstein.
brother:
Steve Previn. Production executive. Born 1925; died July 9, 1993.
son:
Matthew Phineas Previn. Born 1971; twin of Sascha; mother Mia Farrow.
son:
Sascha Villiers Previn. Born 1971; twin of Matthew; mother Mia Farrow.
daughter:
Soon-Yi Previn. Born c. 1971; adopted with Farrow; Korean; became estranged from the family after she began her relationship with Woody Allen whom she later married.
daughter:
Lark Song Previn. Born c. 1974; adopted with Farrow; Vietnamese.
son:
Fletcher Previn. Born c. 1975; mother Mia Farrow.
daughter:
Summer Song Previn. Born c. 1975; adopted with Mia Farrow; Vietnamese.
son:
Lukas Previn. Born c. 1998; mother, Heather Hales.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Music Face to Face"
"Orchestra"
"Minor Chords: My Early Days in Hollywood" Doubleday

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