André Previn

Born Apr 6, 1929

André George Previn, KBE is a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. He is considered one of the most versatile musicians in the world and is the winner of four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of André Previn.


1929 Birth Whilst most published reports give 1929, Previn himself has stated that 1930 is his birth year.
1939 10 Years Old In 1939, his family, being Jewish, left Nazi Germany and moved to Los Angeles, where his great-uncle, Charles Previn, was music director of Universal Studios. … Read More


1946 17 Years Old At Previn's 1946 graduation from Beverly Hills High School he played a musical duet with Richard M. Sherman; Previn played the piano, accompanying Sherman (who played flute).
1948 19 Years Old He first came to prominence by arranging and composing Hollywood film scores in 1948. Coincidentally, in 1964, both composers won Oscars for different films, both winning in musical categories.


1951 22 Years Old In 1951 and 1952, while stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco during his military service, Previn took private conducting lessons from Pierre Monteux, which he valued highly. … Read More
1952 23 Years Old Previn has been married five times. His first marriage, in 1952, was to jazz singer Betty Bennett, with whom he had two daughters, Claudia Previn Stasny and Alicia Previn (a violinist for the Irish band In Tua Nua and a founding member of the Young Dubliners).
1957 28 Years Old Previn divorced Bennett in 1957, a few months before she gave birth to their second daughter.


1959 - 1960 2 More Events
1966 37 Years Old He collaborated with Julie Andrews on a collection of Christmas carols in 1966, focusing on rarely heard carols. … Read More
1967 38 Years Old In 1967, Previn succeeded Sir John Barbirolli as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
1968 39 Years Old In 1968, he began his tenure as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), serving in that post until 1979. … Read More


1969 40 Years Old After Previn divorced her in 1969 during her hospitalization for a mental breakdown, Dory Previn resumed her career as a singer-songwriter with On My Way to Where (1970), an "influential" and "critically acclaimed" album whose "searingly honest" confessional lyrics famously chronicled both her mental health struggles and the infidelity that she alleged had at once precipitated the end of her marriage to Previn and exacerbated her intermittent mental illness.
Previn's third marriage, in 1970, was to Mia Farrow.
1977 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.


1979 50 Years Old Prior to their divorce in 1979, Previn and Farrow had three biological children together—twins Matthew and Sascha, born in 1970, and Fletcher, born in 1974.
1982 53 Years Old Previn's longest marriage was his fourth. In January 1982 he married Heather Sneddon. … Read More


1989 60 Years Old Because of Previn's objections, Salonen's title and Japanese tour were withdrawn; however, shortly thereafter, in April 1989, Previn resigned. … Read More
1996 67 Years Old Previn was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996. (Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, he may use the post-nominal letters KBE but is not called "Sir André".) Previn received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1998 in recognition of his contributions to classical music and opera in the United States.
2002 73 Years Old 1 More Event
This marriage ended after 20 years in 2002.
2005 76 Years Old In 2005 he was awarded the international Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music.
2010 81 Years Old In 2010, the Recording Academy honored Previn with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. … Read More
2012 83 Years Old …  However, in a pre-concert public interview at the Lincoln Center, in May 2012, Previn laughed at the suggestion that he is related to Mahler. … Read More
2013 84 Years Old In 2013, jazz singer Kate Dimbleby and pianist Naadia Sheriff revisited Dory Previn's musical reflections on her marriage to André Previn in the London cabaret show, Beware Of Young Girls: The Dory Previn Story.
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