Born in Berlin, Previn and his Jewish family fled Nazi Germany in 1939, and relocated to Los Angeles, where he mastered the piano. He will be remembered for his extraordinary contribution to classical music, pop, jazz, and as a composer for Hollywood productions.
Previn was composer of the opera versions of Tennessee Williams's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and Noel Coward's BRIEF ENCOUNTER, dozens of orchestral works, film scores (the music for IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER, new songs for PAINT YOUR WAGON, adaptations of GIGI, MY FAIR LADY and PORGY & BESS, among others) and jazz works. He also had success in musical theater and his Broadway show "Coco" was nominated for a Tony Award as best musical in 1970.
He was principal conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra from 1968-79, where he made dozens of recordings. He also penned the music for 1974 West End musical The Good Companions alongside Johnny Mercer as lyricist. During that time, he headlined BBC Television program André Previn's Music Night.
In 1967, Previn was hired as the music director for the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In 1969, Previn became involved with Mia Farrow, the former wife of actor and singer Frank Sinatra and the future partner of movie director Woody Allen. He concluded his career on the podium at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was music director from 1985 to 1989.
The frequently Wednesday musician-including to Mia Farrow from 1970-1979-was married to famed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter from 2002-2006, with whom he had a close working relationship even after their divorce.More news: Meghan Markle's baby shower swag and how much it's all worth
It ended with the comedian telling Previn he was "playing all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order".
After the splashy nature of their affair, Farrow and Previn's marriage was a fruitful one.
Soon-Yi went on to marry Allen in 1997 and together they have two adopted children. Previn and Bennett divorced in 1957.
His huge impact on music was recognized in 2010 when he was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
Previn's fifth wife was German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.