The New York Philharmonic deeply mourns the passing of Pierre Boulez, our bold and innovative Music Director from 1971 to 1977 as well as a trailblazing composer and thinker. Under Boulez, the Philharmonic introduced concert formats that brought the audience in direct contact with composers and performers, including the informal Rug Concerts and downtown Prospective Encounters. He returned in 1986 for a 14- event series highlighting his work as conductor, composer, and leader of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 1992 he celebrated the Philharmonic's 150th anniversary in a concert also led by former Music Directors Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur. In the same year Boulez was made an Honorary Member of the Society, an honor shared by such figures as Wagner, Stravinsky, and Bernstein. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert said: "Pierre Boulez was a towering and influential musical figure whose Philharmonic leadership implicitly laid down a challenge of innovation and invention that continues to inspire us to this day. To me, personally, he also was an unfailingly gracious mentor and friend, from the years when I worked with him in Cleveland and when I was appointed to the Philharmonic to the last time I saw him in Baden- Baden on a Philharmonic tour. I will miss his musicianship, kindness, and wisdom." The New York Philharmonic family sends our love and compassion to his family.

Published by New York Times on Jan. 7, 2016.
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Valenda Newell
November 15, 2016
I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. May our Heavenly Father provide strength and comfort to your family during this time of grief. "For he is near to those broken at heart ". Ps 34:17,18.
August 31, 2016
I just finished listening to Derive II in awe of the spectacular music. Boulez's loss is a tremendous one, but his legacy will endure. Truly, an ideal for musicians! RIP Maestro
January 16, 2016
Adieu et merci, pere Pierre
Matthew Scott
January 14, 2016
Two of us fell in love listening to "Le Matreau Sans Mâitre" and he was our mentor. Just knowing about Pierre Boulez, listening to his work and attending concerts, and experimenting with serialism on-and-off throughout our lives....while marveling at how Pierre Boulez's humanity and musicality coexisted with such discipline. Much Love and Sympathy.

A great teacher of other masterworks through his conducting, and essayist(Orientations) it was said of him at a concert of "Sur Incises" at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory that he was the greatest living composer. I'm deeply sorry for your loss.
January 8, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May God provide you with comfort.
January 8, 2016
So sorry for the death of your loved one,may you be empowered by God's holy spirit....
January 7, 2016
Music is universal especially jazz and no doubt your loved one has touched many with his music, even the Almighty. My Condolences to your family. " Praising God with song."-Acts 16:25.
Charise Morgan
January 7, 2016
My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in Gods hope of a ressurection 1 Tessalonians 4:14.
January 7, 2016
Boulez Family,

Our condolences to the family, friends
and to all who admire and loved Mr. Boulez.
May your love for classic music continue to grow and remind you of how much you enjoyed him. God is our refuge.
January 7, 2016
My deep condolences to Boulez family. I love classical music , one of the greatest conductors have left his trademark for other conductors to learn from. May your family find daily strength and encouragement from God's word. 1Thessalonians5:18.
D Tyler
January 6, 2016
Condolences...but thanks as well for illuminating Debussy and Ravel in ways I have never forgotten, even 40 years afterwards. Bravo maestro.
Dennis Koga
January 6, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 6, 2016
May God be your stronghold during these hard times. Nahum1:7
January 6, 2016
My condolences to Mr. Boulez's family and friends. May God provided you with comfort and strength to cope with your grief at this time.
January 6, 2016
Au Revoir, thank you forever for your contribution to classical music. Rest well, and may God bless you always.
K Williams
January 6, 2016
My condolence are with the Boulez family and friends. Prayers are with you.
January 6, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 6, 2016
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 6, 2016
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