So sad to learn of the passing of Pierre Boulez (1925-2016). I was fortunate to perform for him at his 75th Birthday concert, under his baton for another NYC performance, and 4 performances and a recording session with the Chicago Symphony of Bartok’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra. I had some anxiety (initially) to be placed right under his podium for the Bartok performances and recording–but found him to be very kind and empathetic to the soloist and members of the orchestra. One of my best artistic experience’s and a fond memory as a performer.