Personalities | André Previn | Contemporary | Classical
American conductor, pianist and composer
Previn’s family fled Germany in 1938, settling finally in Los Angeles, where he began parallel careers as an orchestrator and conductor at MGM (he went on to win four Academy awards for film music) and a jazz pianist. His classical conducting debut in 1962 led to numerous international engagements before his appointment as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (1968–79). He gained a high profile in the UK through TV appearances, as well as a critical acclaim that often eluded him in subsequent posts at Pittsburgh 1976–84, Los Angeles 1985–89 and Oslo 2002–06. He has recently devoted more attention to composition, producing two operas, A Streetcar Named Desire (1998) and Brief Encounter (2009).
Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
Personalities | (Sir) Simon Rattle | Contemporary | Classical
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