Saluting Andre Previn at 80
Andre Previn

On February 21, 1960, André Previn made his Carnegie Hall debut as the featured pianist with the New York Philharmonic, performing Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. In the 49 years that have passed—including 51 Carnegie Hall appearances—André Previn has had an astonishingly diverse and eminently successful career: He has created award-winning scores for Hollywood and Broadway, performed at the highest level as both a jazz and classical pianist, conducted all over the world, and composed for the concert stage.

Mr. Previn has held conducting posts with many of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the London and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, and the Los Angeles and Royal philharmonics. In addition to leading each of these ensembles, Mr. Previn has also conducted performances at Carnegie Hall with the American, Boston, and Houston symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and most recently the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2005. Three of his works have had world premieres at Carnegie Hall, including two Carnegie Hall commissions. His most notable collaborations at Carnegie Hall have included Emanuel Ax, Leonard Bernstein, Kathleen Battle, Renée Fleming, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, and many others.

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Milestones at Carnegie Hall

As Mr. Previn celebrates his 80th year, Carnegie Hall salutes this multifaceted artist, highlighting several milestones that touch upon the remarkable breadth of his art.

  • March 10, 1968: Mr. Previn makes his Carnegie Hall debut as a conductor, leading the American Symphony Orchestra.
  • February 20, 1991: New York premiere of Variations on a Theme by Haydn with Emanuel Ax at the piano.
  • January 5, 1992: World premiere of Honey and Rue with lyrics by Toni Morrison, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The performance featured the composer conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with soloists Kathleen Battle, soprano; Chris Gekker, trumpet; James Pugh, trombone; Rufus Reid, double bass; and Grady Tate, drums.
  • October 16, 1996: New York premiere of Vocalise with Harolyn Blackwell, soprano, and Myron Lutzke, cello.
  • October 17, 2002: New York premiere of Tango, Song, and Dance with Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, and Lambert Orkis, piano.
  • May 4, 2003: World premiere of String Quartet (with Soprano), commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and performed by the Emerson String Quartet and Barbara Bonney, soprano.
  • October 23, 2004: World premiere of Four Songs, performed by Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor, with the composer at the piano.
Happy Birthday

Send a birthday message to André Previn. Your messages will be collected and presented to him as a surprise later this month.

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Listen

Excerpt from Previn’s Violin Concerto, Anne-Sophie (I. Moderato)

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin / Boston Symphony Orchestra / André Previn, Conductor / Deutsche Gramophone

1969 - Houston Symphony Orchestra 1973 - London Symphony Orchestra Score from Honey and Rue 1981 - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 1990 - Los Angeles Philharmonic 1992 - Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra

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