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Pierre Boulez
(1925 - )

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1925 Born 26 March, in Montbrison, France
1930s Majors in mathematics at the College de Saint-Itienne
1932 Begins piano lessons at the age of seven
1941 Studies mathematics, engineering, and music in Lyon
1944 Begins studies with Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire, and with René Leibowitz privately
1954 Helps form the Domaine Musical - concerts devoted to modern music
1955 Accepts teaching post at Darmstadt
1958 Begins conducting career with the Südwestfunk Orchestra in Baden-Baden, Germany
1969 Becomes the principal guest conductor of Cleveland Orchestra
1971 Appointed conductor and musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
1971 Chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra
1977 Serves as director of the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris through the early 1990s
1994 Wins the Prix Caecilia with the Ensemble InterContemporain
1995 Awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Germany); named Artist of the Year by Gramophone Magazine
1995 Wins the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award
1996 Together with the Cleveland Orchestra, wins a Grammy for a recording of La Mer by Debussy
~1950 Befriends Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage
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