Philip Glass

Philip Glass was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School and also studied in Aspen with composer Darius Milhaud. He then moved to Europe to study with Nadia Boulanger and worked with Ravi Shankar. Upon his return to New York in 1967, he formed the Philip Glass Ensemble, which consisted of seven musicians playing keyboards and woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer. Glass was a leading composer in the development of the Minimalism style of music that gained popularity in the 1960s and 70s. Still actively working, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, eight symphonies, numerous concertos and many film scores, three of which have been nominated for Academy Awards.

Philip Glass is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Stephan Breuer