Fun Telegram The French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died 90 years old. He died in the German town of Baden-Baden, where he was residing, according to his family.
“For all those who knew him and appreciated his creative energy, his artistic rigor, his openness and generosity, his presence continue to be vibrant and intense, “said the family in a statement through the Paris Philharmonic.
The world-famous composer and piano virtuoso was a giant of the French music scene, and has been called one of the most influential figures in contemporary music.
As a conductor, he was frequently engaged on both sides of the Atlantic, and was also known for refusing to use a conductor pin without directing instead of hands. Boulez preferred often modern compositions, and in the early 60th century he tired of the conservatism of the French music scene and left the country for the benefit of Germany.
During the 70s, he led the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was also Chief Conductor New York Philharmonic.
Boulez’s own compositions stood out for being difficult to play, partly shown in the famous “Le Marteau sans maitre” which was influenced by surrealist poetry.