1 Mar 2019

Oscar-winning composer André Previn dies at 89

7:44 am on 1 March 2019

Conductor and composer André Previn has died at the age of 89.

Mia Farrow  and André Previn

André Previn with Mia Farrow Photo: AFP / Archives du 7eme Art / Photo12

During a career spanning six decades Previn won four Academy Awards and 10 Grammys.

His career flourished in the late 1950s and early 1960s with musical hits he adapted from the theatrical stage for films and original scores he composed and conducted.

But Previn is best known for ditching a lucrative career in Hollywood to pursue his love of classical music as a jazz pianist.

He was appointed principal conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1969.

Previn was married five times; his third wife was actress Mia Farrow and his fifth marriage was to German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Andre Previn (second rigth) with, from left, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and  Anne-Sophie Mutter after they performed a concert for the NATO leaders in the southern German town of Baden-Baden on April 3, 2009.

André Previn (second right) with from left then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Anne-Sophie Mutter, after the musicians performed a concert for Nato leaders in 2009. Photo: AFP

The London Symphony Orchestra released a statement to say they were "deeply saddened" to hear of his death.

Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the LSO, said: "André Previn is a hugely important part of the LSO story - long before LSO Discovery was established André Previn was reaching out to new audiences far and wide through television."

Previn died at his home in New York on Thursday morning, his manager said.