Published: Sun, March 03, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Award-winning composer André Previn dies aged 89

Award-winning composer André Previn dies aged 89

André Previn, victor of ten Grammy Awards and Four Academy Awards, has died at the age of 89 at his home in Manhattan.

The New York Times reports Previn is survived by his daughters Claudia and Alicia, who he had with his first wife, Betty Bennet; daughter Lovely Previn, who he had with his second wife, Dory Langan; and his children Matthew, Sascha, and Fletcher, who he had with third wife, Mia Farrow.

In 1961 Previn made Oscars history by earning three Academy Award nominations for the scores for "Bells Are Ringing" and "Elmer Gantry" as well as the "Pepe" song "Faraway Part of Town".

Previn won four Oscars and 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings (plus a Lifetime Achievement Grammy).

He swiftly went from accompanying silent films in movie houses which led to a job with MGM film studios writing orchestrations.

Comedian Stephen Fry also wrote: "Farewell, Andre Previn".

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His Oscar wins include for "Gigi" in 1958 and "Porgy & Bess" in 1959 while he was still in his 20s. But his biggest legacy will be his leadership of symphonies across the globe in a long and illustrious career as a conductor.

Farrow and Previn married in 1970 before having three biological children and adopting three others, including a girl from South Korea named Soon-Yi.

Tributes poured in Thursday for Andre Previn, the multifaceted artist renowned for his mastery of classical music as well as jazz, who has died at age 89.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the death this morning of our Conductor Emeritus Andre Previn", the London Symphony Orchestra said in a statement.

Born in Berlin in 1929 as Andreas Ludwig Priwin, he left Europe in 1939 and became an American citizen in 1943.

Married five times, most notably to actor Mia Farrow and later to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, his private life was related in his memoir of his Hollywood days "No Minor Chords" which also included revelations about people he met, such as Lenny Bruce and Ava Gardner. He had previously written her a violin concerto in 1999, but they did not marry until 2002.

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