Conductor Sir André Previn


Conductor, composer and pianist André Previn has received a number of awards and honors for his outstanding musical accomplishments, including both the Austrian and German Cross of Merit, and the Glenn Gould Prize. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center, the London Symphony Orchestra, Gramophone Classic FM, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy. He has also received several Grammy awards for recordings, including the CD of his violin concerto “Anne-Sophie” and Bernstein’s Serenade featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter together with the Boston and London Symphony orchestras.
A regular guest with the world’s major orchestras, both in concert and on recordings, André Previn frequently works with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic. In addition, he has held chief artistic posts with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. In 2009, André Previn was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist, André Previn enjoys recording and performing song recitals, chamber music and jazz. He has given recitals with Renée Fleming at Lincoln Center and with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He regularly gives chamber music concerts with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell, as well as with members of the Boston Symphony and London Symphony orchestras, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
André Previn has enjoyed a number of successes as a composer. His first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. His Cello Concerto performed by Daniel Müller-Schott and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra received its premiere in Leipzig in spring 2011. His Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Roman Patkoló was premiered by the Boston Symphony in 2007, and his Harp Concerto commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony premiered in 2008; his work "Owls", was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008; his second opera, "Brief Encounter", commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera premiered in 2009 and was released by Deutsche Grammophon in spring 2011; and his double concerto for violin and viola, written for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuri Bashmet, received its premiere in 2009.
For his 80th birthday celebrations in 2009, Carnegie Hall presented four concerts which showcased the diversity of his career. Highlights of the 2010 season include concerts with the Czech Philharmonic at the Prague Spring Festival where André Previn performed his Clarinet Sonata in a world premiere together with BSO’s Tom Martin, performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic and a tour of Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
In the current season, André Previn returns to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in a series of concerts in Japan. André Previn records for Deutsche Grammophon. His music is published by G Schirmer, Inc and Chester Music Ltd.