"Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal." –Pierre Boulez

  • Born Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez on March 26, 1925, in Montbrison, Loire, France. Died Jan. 5, 2016, in Baden-Baden, Germany.
     
  • Pierre Boulez began his career in the 1940s as music director of the Compagnie Renaud-Barrault theater company in Paris. In the '50s, he became a leader in the avant-garde movement. The French composer and conductor's breakthrough came with the 1955's "Le Marteau Sans Maître," which has been called one of the most important compositions of the post-war era. Subsequently, he became known for pioneering the electronic transformation of instrumental music in real time. 
     
  • Boulez took home his first GRAMMYs for 1967: Album Of The Year, Classical and Best Opera Recording for Berg: Wozzeck. 
     
  • Did you know? Boulez is among the top GRAMMY winners of all time with 26.
     
  • Boulez was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
     
  • Boulez founded an array of musical institutions across Europe: Domaine Musical, the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the Cité de la Musique.

Pierre Boulez

"Music is a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal." –Pierre Boulez

  • Born Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez on March 26, 1925, in Montbrison, Loire, France. Died Jan. 5, 2016, in Baden-Baden, Germany.
     
  • Pierre Boulez began his career in the 1940s as music director of the Compagnie Renaud-Barrault theater company in Paris. In the '50s, he became a leader in the avant-garde movement. The French composer and conductor's breakthrough came with the 1955's "Le Marteau Sans Maître," which has been called one of the most important compositions of the post-war era. Subsequently, he became known for pioneering the electronic transformation of instrumental music in real time. 
     
  • Boulez took home his first GRAMMYs for 1967: Album Of The Year, Classical and Best Opera Recording for Berg: Wozzeck. 
     
  • Did you know? Boulez is among the top GRAMMY winners of all time with 26.
     
  • Boulez was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
     
  • Boulez founded an array of musical institutions across Europe: Domaine Musical, the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the Cité de la Musique.

GRAMMY Award Results for Pierre Boulez

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Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award - 2015
 
Nominations
Best Orchestral Performance
Stravinsky: Pulcinella; Symphony In Three Movements; Four Études
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Bartók: 3 Concertos
 
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Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)
Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maître, Dérive 1 & 2
 
Wins
Best Orchestral Performance
Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Mahler: Symphony No. 3
 
Nominations
Best Classical Vocal Performance
Boulez: Pli Selon Pli
 
Wins
Best Orchestral Performance
Boulez Conducts Varèse - Amériques, Arcana, Déserts & Ionisation
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Boulez Conducts Varèse (Amériques; Arcana; Déserts; Ionisation)
Best Classical Album
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Etc./Berg: Sonata, Op. 1/Webern: Variations, Op. 27
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Etc./Berg: Sonata, Op. 1/Webern: Variations, Op. 27
Best Chamber Music Performance
Boulez: Sur Incises; Messagesquisse; Anthèmes 2
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Boulez: Sur Incises
 
Wins
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Boulez: Répons
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Bartók: Violin Con. No. 2; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 And 2
Best Orchestral Performance
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Album)
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2; Rhapsodies Nos. 1 And 2
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
Scriabin: Piano Concerto (Track)
Best Small Ensemble Performance (With or Without Conductor)
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21; Herzegewächse, Op. 20; Ode To Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41 (Album)
 
Wins
Best Orchestral Performance
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Best Opera Recording
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
 
Wins
Best Orchestral Performance
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Tristia
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Tristia (Album)
 
Wins
Best Small Ensemble Performance (With Or Without Conductor)
Boulez: ...Explosante-Fixe...
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta
Best Orchestral Performance
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta
Best Orchestral Performance
Messiaen: Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum; Chronochromie, Etc. (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux
Best Orchestral Performance
Debussy: La Mer
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Bartók: Divertimento; Dance Suite, Etc.
Best Orchestral Performance
Bartók: Divertimento; Dance Suite, Etc.
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra; Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12
Best Orchestral Performance
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra: Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12
 
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Best Classical Album
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana
Best Orchestral Performance
Bartók: The Wooden Prince
Best Performance Of A Choral Work
Bartók: Cantata Profana
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana
Nominations
Best Orchestral Performance
Debussy: Images; Printemps; Prelude A L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
Ravel: Songs Of Maurice Ravel
 
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Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen
 
Wins
Best Classical Album
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)
Best Opera Recording
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Album
Webern: The Complete Works Of Anton Webern, Volume 1 (Album)
 
Wins
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Varese: Ameriques/Arcana/Ionisation (Boulez Conducts Varese)
Nominations
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Varese: Ameriques/ Arcana/ Ionisation (Boulez Conducts Varese) (Album)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Berg: Chamber Concerto For Piano And Violin/ Four Pieces For Clarinet And Piano (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Bartók: The Wooden Prince
 
Nominations
Best Classical Orchestral Performance
Falla: Three Cornered Hat (Boulez Conducts Falla) (Album)

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