Mr. Boulez passed away in his home in Baden-Baden Germany on Tuesday.
Pierre Boulez was a French composer, conductor, prolific writer, and pianist. He was also the founder and former director of the Paris based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).
In his early career, Boulez played a key role in the development of integral serialism, controlled chance and electronic music. This, coupled with his highly polemical views on the evolution of music, gained him the image of anenfant terrible.
As a conductor, Boulez was known mainly for his performances of Béla Bartók, Alban Berg, Anton Bruckner, Claude Debussy, Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varèse, Richard Wagner, and Anton Webern. He was awarded a total of 26 Grammy Awards during his career. (Wikipedia)
As a composer he was known as a champion of new music and the avant-garde. He succeeded Leonard Bernstein as conductor of the New York Philharmonic. He also served as principal conductor of the BBC orchestra and the Cleveland orchestra in the 1970's as well.