As a young man, Pierre Boulez fantasized about blowing up opera houses with explosives. Later, he blew minds in the conservative classical music world with his compositional experiments. Boulez died at the age of 90.
A composer like Ludwig van Beethoven towers over others, but even that singular genius didn't come out of the blue. A look at the musical environment that brought forth the iconic musician — and cherished his memory.
Best known as the composer of West Side Story, the all-round musical genius had a spectacular conducting style and a contagious enthusiasm for communicating his art. A tribute to Bernstein on the centennial of his birth.
The 2018 Goethe Medals go to radical Colombian theater collective Mapa Teatro, photographer and human rights activist Claudia Andujar, as well as influential Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös.
Swiss director Christoph Marthaler, who currently heads Germany's Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival, has been awarded the 2018 International Ibsen Award. The award is seen as the Nobel Prize of the theater world.
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