Composer, conductor and writer Boulez was born 26 March 1925, in Montbrison, Loire, France. By now he remains one of the leading exponents of 20th-century music. His compositions have made a contribution to musical culture, and his advocacy of modern and postmodern music has been decisive for many. From 1976 to 1995, Boulez held the Chair in “Invention, technique et langage en musique” at the Collège de France. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Grawemeyer Prize for music composition, for his work Sur Incises. In 2002, he was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize for his contributions. In 2004, with festival director Michael Haefliger, he founded the Lucerne Festival Academy, a summer orchestral institute for young musicians, dedicated to music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The resident professors are members of the Ensemble intercontemporain. On 26 March 2015 Pierre Boulez reaches his ninetieth year. He has been an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon for over 20 years, his recording legacy with the label is immense. This a celebration of his birthday with a 44-CD box set of his complete DG 20th century music recordings is an aspect of his work that lies at the heart of his achievement.