His family said the world-renowned musician died on Tuesday at his home in Baden-Baden, Germany.
“For all those who met him and were able to appreciate his creative energy, his artistic vigour… will remain alive and strong,” they said.
As well as being a world-famous composer and conductor he was a prolific writer and spearheaded the music venue The Paris Philharmonic.
Boulez was also the founder and former director of the Paris based Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique and was famed for his work alongside leading experimental composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Olivier Messiaen.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls paid tribute to Boulez on Twitter: “Courage, innovation, creativity, this is what Pierre Boulez meant to the world of French music, of which he made a beacon of light throughout the world.”
French President Francois Hollande said in a statement: “Pierre Boulez made French music shine throughout the world. As a composer and conductor, he always wanted to reflect on the ages.”
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