Key Boulez ally has died

Jean Batigne, founder of the Percussions de Strasbourg, has died in the Languedoc at the age of 82.

An award-winning percusssionist, primcipal of the Philarmonique de Strasbourg, Batigne’s focus turned to contemporary music after a seminal conversation with Pierre Boulez in 1959. Two years later, he founded the Percussions de Strasbourg, primarily to advance the performance of modern music.

He retired to the south of France in 1992.



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