The Glenn Gould Prize

The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts. Each Glenn Gould Prize Laureate also chooses an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize.

The life’s work of a Glenn Gould Prize Laureate embodies this connection. Second Prize Laureate Lord Yehudi Menuhin (Great Britain) was a beloved violinist and conductor who also founded a school to nurture the talents of gifted children. Third Prize Laureate Oscar Peterson (Canada) made exceptional contributions to music and humanity as an unparalleled jazz pianist with a deep commitment to universal freedom, civil rights and mentoring youth. Sixth Prize Laureate Yo-Yo Ma (USA) is one of the most revered cellists of the modern age and founded the Silk Road Ensemble, an arts and educational organization that engages artists and audiences around the world in multicultural exchange.  Read more about our Laureates…

The Glenn Gould Prize Sculpture by Ruth Abernethy (left).

What’s New

Summer Soiree 2015

The Glenn Gould Foundation 2nd Annual Summer Soiree took place on July 7th, and what an event it was! Our ever generous hosts, Leslie and Anna Dan, welcomed friends of the Foundation to their spectacular Toronto home with exquisite hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Guests were then treated to a very special concert in the music room: 16-year old piano sensation Anastasia Rizikov, hot off her win at the Jaén International Piano Competition in Spain, performed a lovely romantic selection of Rachmaninoff, Albéniz, Tchaikovsky and Liszt.  Closing out the program was Metropolitan Opera star and Toronto native Isabel Bayrakdarian, accompanied by her husband Serouj Kradjian, with a selection of Dvorak gypsy songs, Armenian folk songs, tangoes, and a final operatic encore from Carmen. Following the performance, guests and artists mingled over dessert and drinks. The Foundation extends our deepest gratitude to the hosts, the performers, and all the guests who attended this fabulous evening. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!   Photo Credits: Kenneth Chou Photography and Kate Foster (GGF...

Join Us for a Summer Soirée

The Glenn Gould Foundation is pleased to invite you to our spectacular Summer Soirée, featuring one of the greatest stars of opera today and an exceptional young pianist just on the brink of stardom.   Metropolitan Opera soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, celebrated for her beauty, presence and style in addition to her strikingly multihued voice, returns to her hometown for this very special, one-night-only engagement, accompanied by her husband, pianist Serouj Kradjian.   16-year-old piano sensation Anastasia Rizikov has just returned from her unprecedented success at the Jaén Competition in Spain, where she took home four prizes including the First Prize Medal, gaining the distinction of being the first Canadian and youngest ever winner of the prize.   In the lavish home of our generous hosts Leslie and Anna Dan, this exclusive event is not to be missed. tickets: $1,000* Seating is limited. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card through our office. for more information contact The Glenn Gould Foundation at  info@glenngould.ca or 416 962-6200 *a tax receipt will be provided for the maximum amount allowable under CRA guidelines.   Anastasia Rizikov At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Mykola Diadiura. By the age of 16, she had an honor to collaborate with more than 30 orchestras including Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestra London Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic, just to name a few. Bernhard Gueller, Shalom Bard, Nurhan Arman, Alain Trudel, Boris Brott, Nan Washburn and Salvador Brotons are among the conductors Anastasia had an honor to work with. This year she has performed...

#GivingChallenge

  _____________________________________________________________   Help The Glenn Gould Foundation Win $10,000 through Canada Helps Our friends at Canada Helps have launched the amazing Great Canadian Giving Challenge this month, and we’re so excited to be part of it! For the entire month of June, every dollar donated to The Glenn Gould Foundation increases our chances towards a gift of $10,000. What do you think, can you help us out?  If you have $20 to spare today, consider tossing it our way to help us launch our new outreach program this fall. You’ll be helping bring opportunities to talented young musicians in Toronto, you’ll get a big karma bonus for helping support a charity, and (if you’re in Canada) your donation is entirely tax deductible. That’s not all – since we’re in this for the big prize of $10,000, we’re throwing in a bonus prize for you too! For every $20 you give, we will enter your name into a random draw for a Glenn Gould Prize Pack. We’ll pick 3 winners at random at the close of the contest on June 30th. Just in case $20 doesn’t seem like a good number, feel free to mix it up: if you can forgo your s’more frappuccino today and give us $5, that’s still great (besides, Starbucks isn’t tax deductible). If you’re feeling extra generous, you can support the arts even more AND increase your chance of winning some sweet Gould swag by donating $50, $100, $73.50, or whatever number makes you happy.   Any and all donations are gratefully accepted! Follow along on Social Media #GivingChallengeCA...

A Guide to Glenn Gould’s Toronto

Significant Places in Glenn Gould’s Life

Download and double-side print the Tiny Guide to take on-the-go (click here for assembly instructions)!

The Glenn Gould Foundation

69 Younge Street.  Please call ahead: 1-416-962-6200

Glenn Gould Studio

250 Front St. W, Toronto

3039946061_155b1475d1Naming the major radio performance studio in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre after Glenn Gould is a living testament into the future of this great Canadian’s intense and creative relationship with the CBC. From the earliest years of his career, Glenn Gould was fascinated with the possibilities afforded by radio, tape and the recording studio. From his CBC Radio broadcast debut on Christmas Eve, 1950, through the intricate radio documentaries of the 1960s and 1970s, the CBC studios were a playground for his powers of invention.

Throughout almost a decade of international touring and public performances (1955-64), Gould regularly played studio recitals, appeared with the CBC’s radio orchestras, and gave on-air interviews and talks on musical subjects.

The studio holds an excellent display of photographs on Glenn’s life, a colourful collection of covers from his many long-playing discs, and the Chickering piano of his youth as well as the infamous Glenn Gould Park Bench Sculpture.

Glenn_Gould_Studio_TorontoFor visitors who are not attending a concert at the Glenn Gould Studio, please contact ggsinfo@glenngouldstudio.com to arrange for a free walk-through in advance of your visit to Toronto.

Visit this landmark and submit your photos with the Glenn Gould Sculpture with your name and city.

Glenn Gould’s Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame

King St. W just East of Duncan St., Toronto

Star_on_Canada's_Walk_of_FameA symbol of excellence that acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians.

Glenn Gould was inducted in 1998 having been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and having won four Grammy Awards. For more information, please visit www.canadaswalkoffame.com

Glenn Gould’s Gravesite

375 Mount Pleasant Road, Section 38, Row 1088, Plot 1050

www.mountpleasantgroupofcemeteries.ca

Glenn_Gould_Grave2Gould died of a stroke at the Toronto General Hospital on October 4, 1982. A large public funeral service was held at St. Paul’s’ Anglican Church, 227 Bloor Street East. It was attended by more than 3,000 people. He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Grave No 1050 Section 38. The cemetery office is often asked for instructions on finding his grave site.

The beneficiaries of his will were the Salvation Army and the Toronto Humane Society.

The grave marker is modest, made of grey marble and inscribed with the opening bars of the Goldberg variations. A sitka spruce was planted on the site by Sony executives during the 1992 Glenn Gould conference, organized by the Glenn Gould Foundation.

Glenn Gould’s Childhood Home

32 Southward Drive, Toronto

The Russell Herbert & Florence Greig Gould family home in the comfortable Beaches area of Toronto. Southwood is a hilly, treed and quiet street not far from Lake Ontario. “The young Gould had many pets, including goldfish named Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Haydn.

His succession of dogs included Sindbad, Sir Nickolson of Gairelochhead, and Banquo. He had rabbits, turtles and a non-deodorized skunk but their names are not on record. It would not surprise me to that the skunk’s name was Stravinsky.” – Geoffrey Payzant. There was also a bird named Mozart. Robert Fulford, a distinguished Canadian author lived next door.

Gould’s father Herbert “Bert” Gould, a furrier, was also an amateur violinist, His mother Florence taught him his first piano. By the time he was five, he was composing and performing his own piano pieces. The house, a designated historical site, has a plaque in front of it but is otherwise very ordinary.

Fran’s Restaurant

20 College Street, Toronto

A favourite dining locale of Glenn Gould, Fran’s Restaurant has been in business in Toronto for over 65 years. They are perhaps best remembered for their home cooking, as well as for being open 24 hours a day.

Glenn Gould Place

South Side of King Street, just East of Duncan.

Glenn’s Former Apartment

110 St. Clair Ave West, Suite 902

Gould’s penthouse apartment at St. Clair West and Avenue Road. He used it mostly for sleeping and practicing piano. His possessions and private archives were stacked there in heaps. It was furnished in “vintage Crippled Civilians” style.

100StClaireAve_AptRuth Pincoe, who sorted and organized his papers after his death said she spent the better part of the first week just putting record albums back into their jackets. He kept the Chickering piano of his youth there. Guests were warned not to lean against it lest it fall apart. There is no admission to the general public for this building.

Marilyn Kecskes was superintendent of 110 St. Clair Ave West for many years. She first met Gould on the elevator when he was wearing gloves and covering his face with a handkerchief for fear of catching her germs. She knew he was special because his mailbox was the only one in the building that had been tampered with… someone had tried to force it open in hope of getting a bit of his mail.

Kecskes said that he covered his bedroom window with a bookcase, that he was a terrible driver who frequently drove his big Lincoln Continental into one of the concrete pillars in the downstairs parking lot and that he disliked intrusions. “Once he called me on the telephone, she said with a smile, ” ‘There’s someone knocking on my door. Could you see what they want? Imagine! ” She described how she used to go to the roof of the building after she had finished her work and listen to him play all night long. She said, “He never knew I was up here or he would have been angry with me, but I had the moon and the stars and his music and there was nothing more beautiful”

From The Gould Rush by Deirdre Kelly (The Globe and Mail, Saturday, September 20, 1997) Section C – C1.

Glenn Gould Park

480 Avenue Road, Toronto

A small municipal park just west of Gould’s St. Clair Avenue West apartment. The Toronto Music Library was located on the opposite corner until consolidated with the Main Toronto Library at Yonge and Bloor. Note the statue of Peter Pan.

Roy Thompson Hall

60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

Glenn’s Yamaha Piano, model CF II, was used to produce his latest and very famous recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The piano is now in permanent residence at Roy Thomson Hall in the internal lobby.

Please note, however, that this lobby is not open to the public. Visitors not attending concerts can arrange a group tour for 10 or more or inquire about other visiting options at the Roy Thomson Hall Volunteer Office at (416) 593-4822 ext. 322.