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Andreas Ludwig Priwin

Born: 1929 AD
Currently alive, at 91 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Conductors, Pianists

1929 – Born in Berlin, Germany on the 6th of April.

1938 – He emigrated to the United States to escape the Nazi Regime in Germany.

1943-1948 – He became a US citizen, grew up in Los Angeles, and first came to prominence by arranging and composing Hollywood film score.

1956 – He recorded with Manne of songs from My Fair Lady was a best-seller.

1966 – He collaborated with Julie Andrews on a collection of Christmas carols, focusing on rarely heard carols.

1967 – Previn became music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

1968-1979 – Began his tenure as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, serving in that post.

1976-1984 – He was music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and in turn had another television series with the PSO titled Previn and the Pittsburgh.

1977 – He collaborated with Tom Stoppard on Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, a play with substantial musical content which was first performed in London with Previn conducting the LSO.

1998 – His first opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, premiered at the San Francisco Opera.

1991 – Previn wrote a memoir of his early Hollywood years, No Minor Chords, published.

1966 – He was appointed an honorary Knight of the British Empire.

1998 – Received the Kennedy Center Honors in recognition for his contributions to classical music and opera in the United States.

2005 – He was awarded the International Glenn Gould Prize in recognition of his achievements.