Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
1937 – He was born on the 31st day of January this year in Baltimore, Maryland as the son of Jewish migrants from Lithuania.
1959 – He was a winner in the BMI Foundation's BMI Student Composer Awards, one of the most prestigious international prizes for young composers.
1960 – He studied with Darius Milhaud, and composed a Violin Concerto for a fellow student, Dorothy Pixley-Rothschild.
1966 – He traveled, mainly for religious reasons, to north India in, where he met Tibetan refugees.
1968 – The first concert of Philip Glass's new music was at Jonas Mekas's Film-Makers Cinematheque in this year.
1970 – His work for theater from this time (apart from his works for his ensemble and music theatre) included many compositions for the group Mabou Mines, which he co-founded this year.
1972 – He met Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.
1987 – He co-founded the Tibet House with Columbia University professor.
1988 - He began collaboration with the filmmaker Errol Morris with his score for Morris's celebrated documentary The Thin Blue Line. He continues to excel in his career.
2006 – His most recently composed the score for Neil Burger's The Illusionist and Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal in this year, garnering his third Academy Award nomination for the latter.
2007 – He is presently writing music for Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream, to be released anytime this year.
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