André Previn Dies: Four-Time Oscar-Winning Composer Was 89

Andre Previn is seen in London signing copies of his new book 'Orchestra' and his record 'The Sound of the Orchestra', at Liberty's on Oct. 31 1979

André Previn has died at the age of 89

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

His death was confirmed to The New York Times by his manager Linda Petrikova.

In 2010, he was recognized with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been lauded for his ability to combine jazz, pop and classical music.

He swiftly went from accompanying silent films in movie houses which led to a job with MGM film studios writing orchestrations. He won the first two Oscars, for best scoring of a musical picture, for Gigi and Porgy & Bess in 1958 and 1959.

He later turned his back on Hollywood to conduct orchestras and was principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) from 1968 to 1979.

He also adopted three more children with Farrow, including a daughter Soon-Yi, who married film director Woody Allen in 1997.

In 2005 he was awarded the global Glenn Gould Prize and in 2008 won Gramophone magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in classical, film, and jazz music.

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Previn received a Tony nomination in 1970 for his music for Coco, a musical about Coco Chanel starring Katharine Hepburn, featuring lyrics and a book by Alan Jay Lerner.

But it's as a conductor that he's best remembered, especially for his 11 years with the London Symphony Orchestra, and eight with the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he demonstrated his facility in conducting the broadest range of repertoire possible, all of it with profound musicality and emotional intelligence.

His mercurial tastes for music also applied to women: Previn married five times, most famously to actress Mia Farrow, with whom he had three biological children.

Previn was born Andreas Ludwig Priwin in Berlin, Germany, in 1929 or -30 and came to the USA around 1940, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1943.

In 1967, Previn was hired as the music director for the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

After the splashy nature of their affair, Farrow and Previn's marriage was a fruitful one. He had previously written her a violin concerto in 1999, but they did not marry until 2002.

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