Conductor, composer, and pianist André Previn has received numerous 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 in 2010 was honored with 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"), featuring Anne-Sophie Mütter together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, he was honored as Musical America's "Musician of the Year," and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.
Houston Grand Opera premiered Previn's second opera, Brief Encounter, in May 2009. One of the most anticipated new operas in years, Brief Encounter is based on David Lean's classic film adaptation of a play by Noël Coward. An honest and compassionate look at emotional infidelity, Brief Encounter, with a libretto by John Caird, featured Elizabeth Futral and Nathan Gunn as Laura and Alec, a couple torn between love and honor. Patrick Summers conducted. Deutsche Grammophon released Brief Encounter on CD with Houston Grand Opera in 2011.
Enjoying a fruitful and ongoing relationship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Previn recently led the group in premieres of three orchestral commissions: Owls; the Double Concerto for Violin, Contrabass, and Orchestra, with soloists Anne-Sophie Mütter and Roman Patkoló; and his Violin Concerto ("Anne-Sophie"), written for Anne-Sophie Mütter. Mütter and Previn have toured the concerto extensively, and Deutsche Grammophon released a recording in 2003. In December 2013 Mütter presented the world premiere of Violin Sonata No. 2 at Carnegie Hall. November 2011 saw the Clarinet Quintet debut and in October 2010 the Boston Symphony Chamber Players premiered Octet for Eleven, a chamber work commissioned by the Boston Symphony Chamber Players; both performances were in Symphony Hall. Music for Boston premiered in 2012 at Tanglewood, and was commissioned to honor the festival's 75th anniversary.
Previn's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, commissioned by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, premiered in June 2011 with the composer leading the orchestra and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. The New Jersey Symphony with Müller-Schott present the North American premiere in January 2014. Previn accompanied Boston Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Thomas Martin in the world and US premieres of Sonata for Clarinet and Piano at the Prague Spring International Music Festival in May 2010 and at Boston's Symphony Hall in November 2011. Other recent works include: a piano trio for the Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson Trio; a violin concerto for the Trondheim Soloists; and the Triple Concerto for horn, trumpet, and tuba for the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has also been commissioned and written works for Vladamir Ashkenazy, Yo-Yo Ma, Janet Baker, Sylvia McNair, and Barbara Bonney. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, for the London Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with playwright Tom Stoppard, continues to be performed worldwide, with a Carnegie Hall premiere in May 2011.
A Streetcar Named Desire, which Previn set to a libretto by Philip Littell based on Tennessee Williams' play, had its premiere at the San Francisco Opera in 1998 with soprano Renée Fleming in the role of Blanche du Bois. The opera continues to have performances worldwide, including runs with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2013 and Los Angeles Opera in 2014. Previn's 1998 recording of the work with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra won the Grand Prix du Disque.
André Previn's discography spans more than 50 years of recordings for all of the major labels. His 1999 Deutsche Grammophon release "American Scenes" — a collection of piano and violin works performed with violinist Gil Shaham and containing his own work Sonata for Violin, "Vineyard" — won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Other recent Deutsche Grammophon releases include "Celebration," a disc containing world premiere recordings of his Violin Concerto and five other Previn compositions, including Diversions, commissioned by the Mozarteum/Salzburg for the Vienna Philharmonic, and The Giraffes Go to Hamburg, written for Renée Fleming. Also among his releases for the Decca label is "Live at the Jazz Standard" with bassist David Finck, featuring a variety of jazz standards and some of Previn's own new works. In 1991, Doubleday released his memoir No Minor Chords — My Early Days in Hollywood, chronicling his years as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator at the MGM studios.
André Previn's concert music is published by G. Schirmer, Inc. and Chester Music Ltd
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