Philip Glass

Philip Glass

Highest Rated: 100% Under African Skies (2012)

Lowest Rated: 42% No Reservations (2007)

Birthday: Jan 31, 1937

Birthplace: Not Available

Avant-garde composer Philip Glass is internationally respected for his innovative minimalist orchestral music that is strongly influenced by both East Indian and rock music, and includes compositions utilizing traditional orchestral instruments and electronic music. Glass is also known for his modern-day operas, including Einstein on the Beach (1976). The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he worked as a child in his father's record store and simultaneously studied at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore. Already an exceptional pianist, he began attending the University of Chicago at age 15. Glass also was a wrestler of note. Glass next studied composition at Julliard and then went to Paris to study under Nadine Boulanger on a Fullbright scholarship. He also became closely associated with sitarist Ravi Shankar who was a major influence on Glass' work. Glass has composed music for feature films and major documentaries such as North Star in the late '70s.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music Actor 2014
100% Under African Skies Actor 2012
57% Dancing Across Borders Actor 2010
67% Patti Smith: Dream of Life Actor 2008
84% Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Actor 2008
No Score Yet Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell Actor 2008
42% No Reservations Man at Cafe $43.2M 2007
No Score Yet The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Actor 2007
76% Absolute Wilson Actor 2006
57% Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet Actor 2005
No Score Yet Best of Secter & the Rest of Secter Actor 2005
48% Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War) Screenwriter 2002
No Score Yet A Brief History of Errol Morris Actor 2000
94% The Truman Show Keyboard Artist 1998
100% Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress Actor 1997
No Score Yet Two Moon July Actor 1987
No Score Yet Philip Glass and the Making of Akhnaten Actor 1987
90% Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance Actor 1983
No Score Yet 4 American Composers: Philip Glass Actor 1983
No Score Yet Four American Composers Actor 1983
No Score Yet Music with Roots in the Aether: Opera for Television by Robert Ashley Actor


No Score Yet Great Performances
Appearing 2013
No Score Yet POV
Appearing 2009
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
Performer 2007
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Performer Musical Guest 1986


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