• AKA Philip Morris Glass
  • Philip Glass. Photo by Michael Wilson.
  • Composer and author Philip Glass is the winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.
  • Composer and author Philip Glass is the winner of the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

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Phillip Glass is a composer born on the 31st of January 1937 and hails from Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Inspired by Steve Reich, Glass became the living authority on minimal music for the latter half of the 20th century.

Philip Glass, the American avant-garde composer whose hypnotic, minimalist music has become a staple of opera houses and movie soundtracks, allows that some people might be surprised to learn that he is the winner of this year's Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

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He was born in 1937 and grew up in Baltimore. He studied at the University of Chicago, the Juilliard School and in Aspen with Darius Milhaud. Finding himself dissatisfied with much of what then passed for modern music, he moved to Europe, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger (who also taught Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson and Quincy Jones) and worked closely with the sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar. He returned to New York in 1967 and formed the Philip Glass Ensemble—seven musicians playing keyboards and a variety of woodwinds, amplified and fed through a mixer.