The composer, conductor, and pianist André Previn (b. 1929) is originally of Russian Jewish origin. He left his native Germany in 1938 to live in Paris and subsequently settled in Los Angeles in 1940. His early career of orchestrating film scores at MGM led quickly to conducting engagements of symphonic repertoire, and onto an international career as Music Director of orchestras such as London, Los Angeles, Oslo and Pittsburgh. In the 1980s, he concentrated increasingly on compositions for the concert hall and opera. His own richly lyrical style underscores his love of the late Romantic and early 20th-century masterpieces of which his interpretations as conductor are internationally renowned.