On Saturday, November 26, iconic American composer Philip Glass will be awarded The Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize at an exclusive concert in his honour presented by The Glenn Gould Foundation and the National Arts Centre. Conductor Dennis Russell Davies, a life-long proponent of the music of Philip Glass and collaborator on numerous commissions, will lead the NAC Orchestra.
The Genius of Philip Glass will include performances by the NAC Orchestra of his symphonic works, including the seminal Symphony No. 2.
Through his compositions and wide-ranging collaborations with artists from many disciplines, American composer Philip Glass has had an extraordinary impact on the musical, artistic and intellectual life of our times. Glass has been referred to as “the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music – simultaneously,” by biographer Ted Page.
Born in Baltimore, in 1937, Glass is regarded as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. His early work is associated with the minimalist movement, although he considers himself a composer of “music with repetitive structures.” A self-described “classicist,” Glass trained in harmony and counterpoint with legendary French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.
Since the 1960s, Glass has collaborated with artists from pop, rock and world music plus the worlds of dance and film including Twyla Tharp, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Kronos Quartet, Mick Jagger, Ravi Shankar, Laurie Anderson, and Yo-Yo Ma.
The Glenn Gould Foundation is pleased to announce that Philip Glass has selected gifted young American composer and pianist Timo Andres to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CAD). Each Glenn Gould Prize Laureate receives $100,000 (CAD) and selects an outstanding young artist who shows the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to enriching the human condition through the arts, such as that exhibited by the young Glenn Gould. Mr. Andres will perform in the November 26 concert, and will be presented the Protégé Prize by Philip Glass.
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