Andre Previn dead at 89 – Four-time Oscar-winning composer dies at home in New York
COMPOSER Andre Previn has died at his home in New York at the age of 89, it has been announced.
His manager told the BBC he died Thursday morning.
Andre Previn pictured on his famous appearance on the Morecambe and Wise showBBC
Previn is best known for ditching a lucrative career in Hollywood to pursue his love of classical music as a jazz pianist.
During his lifetime he won four Oscars but many will remember him attempting to perform Grieg’s piano concerto with Morecambe and Wise.
He was the jazz virtuoso and legendary conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra who married a string of beautiful and talented women.
Andre George Previn was born in Berlin and his father enrolled him in the Berlin Conservatory of Music aged 6 after discovering he had perfect pitch, Variety reports.
In 1938 Previn was expelled from the conservatory for being Jewish and his family fled to Paris, where he studied at the Paris Conservatory.
Andre Previn was a four-time Oscae winnerHandout
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