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Philip Glass


Philip Glass (1937) is one of the pioneers of minimal music. He has been a guest at the Holland Festival regularly since 1974 with pieces that include Another Look at Harmony - Part IV and The Photographer, both commissioned by the festival. He broke through internationally in 1976 with the opera Einstein on the Beach. He wrote music for films like Koyaanisqatsi, La Belle et la Bête from Jean Cocteau and the series Tales from the Loop, and he worked with the poet Allen Ginsberg, pop giants Leonard Cohen and David Bowie. His autobiography Words Without Music: A Memoir was published in 2015.

Major work

1974 Music in Twelve Parts

1976 Einstein on the Beach (opera)

1983 Koyaanisqatsi (film music)

2002 The Hours

2019 Symphony 12 (based on the album Lodger from David Bowie)


2002 BAFTA for The Hours

2009 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award Laureate

2010 American Classical Music Hall of Fame

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Composers & Lyricists


1978 Einstein on the Beach

1982 Glassworks

1983 The Photographer

2012 Metamorphosis - The Hours (Lavinia Meijer, harp)

Holland Festival (a selection)

1974 Another look at harmony

1977 solo concert, a.o. parts from: Einstein on the Beach

1984 Koyaanisqatsi

2012 Music in 12 Parts

2014 The CIVIL warS – Rome

Past events

  1. 2023

    |HF Digital
  2. 2022

    music |Het Concertgebouw - Grote zaal
  3. 2017

    music |Het Concertgebouw - Grote zaal
  4. 2014

    dance |Markthal
  5. music |Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
  6. 2007

    dance |Zuiveringshal West - Westergasfabriek
  7. music |Het Muziektheater Amsterdam