Philip Glass

2014, Boston

Michael L.J. Apuzzo Creativity and Innovation Lecture

Tuesday, October 21
11:08 – 11:30 AM

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. He is considered one of the most influential music makers of the late 20th century.

In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation. By 1974, Glass had a number of innovative projects, creating a large collection of new music for The Philip Glass Ensemble and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company. This period culminated inMusic in Twelve Parts and the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach for which he collaborated with Robert Wilson. 

Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra and film. His scores have received Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe. 

Over the past few years, several new works were unveiled, including The Perfect Americanabout the death of Walt Disney that premiered at the Teatro Real, Madrid in 2013 with additional performances by the English National Opera. Glass’ most recent opera Spuren de Verirrten, ‘The Lost’, premiered at the Landestheater Linz, Austria in 2013.