Regarded as one of the most important composers of his generation, Philip Glass has over 100 soundtrack credits to his name, resulting in no less than three Academy Award nominations as well as a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Emmy win.
Glass first produced music specifically for film on the 1977 French documentary, North Star: Mark di Suvero. In 1979, the young composer also provided a series of musical queues for Jim Henson’s Sesame Street, entitled Geometry of Circles.
However, Glass’s breakthrough soundtrack, Koyaanisqatsi (1982), exposed what he modestly describes as his “music with repetitive structures” to a far wider audience.
This much-imitated work led to further soundtrack work on, amongst others, Kundun (1997), The Hours (2002) and Notes on a Scandal (2006) – all of which earned him Academy Award nominations – as well as on Peter Weir’s hit comedy, Truman Show (1998), that won him the Golden Globe and the ASCAP Award.
Ever the polymath, Glass continues to produce operas, musical theatre works, symphonies, concertos, solo works and chamber music.