by 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.