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The NAC Orchestra and The Glenn Gould Foundation celebrate

The Genius of Philip Glass
Innovative. Influential. Legendary.


Philip Glass will be presented with the 11th Glenn Gould Prize on November 26 in Ottawa

The Glenn Gould Prize


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 NAC Orchestra. The Genius of Philip Glass features the NAC Orchestra led by guest conductor Dennis Russell Davies performing a concert of music spanning the legendary composer’s career. The concert salutes Glass with performances of his symphonic works, including the stunning, Symphony No. 2, as well as his works for chamber ensemble and solo piano. A prolific artist, Glass has been called “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 Ted Page his biographer.

Born in Baltimore in 1937, Glass is regarded as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. A respected composer with a huge output, 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 French composer, conductor and teacher Nadia Boulanger.

The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize


Andres_MichaelWilson2013c1The Glenn Gould Foundation is pleased to announce that Philip Glass has selected the gifted young American composer and pianist Timo Andres as the recipient of The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CAD). As part of The Glenn Gould Prize, each 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. Andres has received commissions from Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and as a pianist, he has performed solo recitals for Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall. Mr. Andres will perform in the November 26 concert, and will be presented with the Protégé Prize by Philip Glass.

“I’ve known Timo Andres for the last 4-5 years, both as a composer and performer - he is one of the regular performers on the Etudes project. He combines a brilliant compositional mind with a wonderful sense of interpretation of music. I am very pleased to have him present in this very special way at this concert.” said Philip Glass.

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The Glenn Gould Foundation team will be in Ottawa from Friday November 25 to Sunday November 27th! Follow along for an inside peek into the celebrations for the Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize. We'll be using the #11thPrize Hashtag on all our posts.

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Tickets to The Genius of Philip Glass go on sale Tuesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. Don’t miss this unique event and exhilarating performance, Saturday, November 26 at 8 p.m. at the National Arts Centre. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at

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Andrea Ruttan
NAC Orchestra
613-947-7000 ext 335

Karen Lorenowicz
The Glenn Gould Foundation

Photo Credits: Glenn Gould Prize Statuette - Ruth Abernethy, Philip Glass - Steve Pyke, Timo Andres - Michael Wilson