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Andre Previn

André Previn started playing jazz as a teenager, having studied classical piano for many of his formative years. In the early 1950s, he was blown away by the bebop of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. By 1954, he was performing with some of those bebop masters. In 1956, Previn made his own jazz history. Along with drummer Shelley Manne and bass player Leroy Vinegar, he recorded the first jazz version of a Broadway score for “My Fair Lady.” It was the first jazz album to sell one million copies.

Conductor, composer, and pianist André Previn has received a number of awards and honors for his outstanding musical accomplishments. He holds both the Austrian and German Cross of Merit, was honored by the Kennedy Center for his lifetime achievements, and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. He was presented the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto on March 14, 2006. He has received several Grammy awards for his recordings. Most recently he was honored at 47th Grammy Awards in February 2005 for the recordings of his violin concerto "Anne-Sophie" and Bernstein’s Serenade featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter together with the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. Musical America named him Musician of The Year, and his first opera A Streetcar Named Desire was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque.

A frequent guest with the world’s major orchestras - both in concert and on recordings - André Previn appears annually with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic, to name a few. André Previn has held the chief artistic posts with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic.

n his third season as musical director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Sir André Previn appeared on several occasions in Oslo in September 2005. On the program were Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 featuring Emmanuel Ax as pianist as well as Britten’s Spring Symphony featuring Susannah Glanville, Randi Stene and Anthony Dean Griffey as soloists. In October 2006 Maestro Previn will appear in Oslo conducting Orff’s »Carmina Burana«, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Beethoven’s »Pastoral« Symphony No. 6. He will also direct the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in this season. In 1998 Sir André Previn conducted the premiere performance of his opera »A Streetcar Named Desire« with the San Francisco Opera with Renée Fleming as Blanche Dubois. The opera, featuring a libretto by Philip Littell, is based on the play by Tennessee Williams. It was subsequently broadcast on television and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon. In June 2003 André Previn again performed the work together with the London Symphony Orchestra and original cast. In May of 2004 he began another series of performances with the Washington Opera.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Andre Previn: Four...

Avid Records UK





We Got It Good And...

Deutsche Grammophon


After Hours

Telarc Jazz


The Subterraneans

Banda Sonora


It's A Breeze

Angel Records




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