Lebrecht Celebrates Pierre Boulez at 90


Pierre Boulez as Never Seen Before

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez conducting in 1971. Photo © G. MacDomnic /Lebrecht Music & Arts

French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez conducting in 1971.
Photo © G. MacDomnic / Lebrecht Music & Arts

The important French composer and conductor will turn 90 on March 26, 2015. Through the eyes of various photographers who have followed his historic journey, Lebrecht Music & Arts presents a unique collection of 560 images of Boulez, man and musician.

A revolutionary figure in music, Boulez led the post-war movement that pushed classical form from twelve note composition into cutting edge electronics. He founded the Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) a futurist center for music in Paris. At one point he proclaimed, “Burn down the opera house!”

Boulez is known for having directed most of the world’s leading symphony orchestras and ensembles since the late 1950s. He served concurrently as musical adviser of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1970 to 1972, chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1971 to 1975, and music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1971 to 1977. He is currently the Conductor Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, after having been its Principal Guest Conductor.

Lebrecht Music & Arts is a specialist image library devoted to music, the performing arts, literature and history through fine arts. Lebrecht’s Author Pictures is the world’s most comprehensive image bank for music and one of the largest for arts and literature. In addition to its own collection, Lebrecht has access to five million pictures from institutions, superb photographers and partner libraries in Europe and North America.