"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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Nominations
Best Opera Recording
Schoenberg: Moses Und Aaron (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete Ballet)
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete Ballet)
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe (Complete Ballet) (Album)
Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (Album)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year, Classical
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra
Best Engineered Recording - Classical
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Boulez Conducts Bartok / The Miraculous Mandarin And Dance Suite (Album)
 
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Boulez Conducts Boulez: Pli Selon Pli (Album)
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Boulez Conducts Boulez: Pli Selon Pli (Album)
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Boulez Conducts Ravel (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Parsifal (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra
Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (Album)
Best Opera Recording
Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande (Album)
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Mahler: Das Klagende Lied (Album)
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra
Boulez Conducts Debussy, Vol. 2 "Images Pour Orchestre"
Nominations
Album Of The Year, Classical
Boulez Conducts Berg (Three Pieces For Orchestra/Chamber Concerto/Altenberg Lieder) (Album)
Album Of The Year, Classical
Boulez Conducts Debussy, Vol. 2 "Images Pour Orchestre" (Album)
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra
Bartók: Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta
 
Wins
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Boulez Conducts Debussy (La Mer; Prelude A L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune; Jeux)
 
Wins
Album Of The Year, Classical
Berg: Wozzeck
Best Opera Recording
Berg: Wozzeck
 
Nominations
Best Classical Performance - Orchestra
Boulez: Le Soleil Des Eaux/Messiaen: Chronochromie/Koechlin: Les Bandar-Log (Album)

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