Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

An iconic and innovative force in songwriting, performance and poetry

Toronto, ON (April 1, 2011) – Singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen has been awarded The Ninth Glenn Gould Prize.  The international award is presented biennially to a living luminary who has made a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts and manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation.  A tribute to Glenn Gould’s artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.

“I want to thank The Glenn Gould Foundation for their kindness. It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould, and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of Music and Imagination,” stated Leonard Cohen.

GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION UNVEILS STELLAR JURY OF ARTS VIPs

Stephen Fry and Atom Egoyan among Jurors for the
Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Laureate to be announced April 1

Toronto, ON (March 2, 2011) – The Glenn Gould Foundation announced the international jury panel for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize which includes: singer/songwriter, indie producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dadawa (China); screenwriter, film and opera director Atom Egoyan (Canada); actor, screenwriter, author and director Stephen Fry (UK); celebrated pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman (United States); film producer, founder and director of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI Group Phoebe Greenberg (Canada); singer, vocal coach and vocal producer Elaine Overholt (Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi (Canada/UK/Greece).  The winner of the ninth Glenn Gould Prize will be announced at a news conference at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on Friday, April 1.

GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION OPENS NOMINATIONS TO PUBLIC WORLDWIDE FOR NEXT GLENN GOULD PRIZE

FOUNDATION CALLS FOR ARTS LOVERS INTERNATIONALLY TO INNOVATE AND INSPIRE IN SEARCH FOR NEXT LAUREATE

The Glenn Gould Foundation opens the Call for Nominations for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize to be awarded in 2011.  The Glenn Gould Prize—referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts”—is awarded to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  Unlike other major arts prizes, the public participates directly through the nomination process.

TORONTO (September 25, 2010) — “The life work of a Glenn Gould Prize Laureate represents the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation, the organization that bestows the award.  “The Glenn Gould Prize Laureates are as multifaceted and legendary as Glenn Gould.  We are excited to see who will become the next Laureate to touch our communities and inspire new artistic pursuits. The Glenn Gould Foundation hereby calls on arts aficionados the world over to join in this process and submit their nominations.”

CITY OF TORONTO HOMEBOY OF THE ARTS: GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION GETS INCREASED FUNDING

One of the world’s greatest music and media artists, Glenn Gould recorded regularly in New York and travelled as far as Russia, but always returned to his hometown Toronto.  Now Ontario’s capital continues to honour the arts and Gould’s legacy by allocating more funds to The Glenn Gould Foundation. 

TORONTO — “We are extremely grateful for the City’s vote of confidence and support for our work,” says Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.  “The Glenn Gould Foundation is internationally identified with the City of Toronto and every year, Glenn Gould’s legacy draws visitors to Toronto from around the world.  This financial contribution will help advance our efforts to continue to promote Glenn Gould as a life-long and proud Torontonian.”

BLOCKBUSTER MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR TO HONOUR GLENN GOULD PRIZE LAUREATE, DR. JOSE ANTONIO ABREU

Celebration Of Music Week to feature Super Stars: City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize winner, Gustavo Dudamel “hottest new conductor on the planet” and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela – rated one of the top five orchestras in the world

TORONTO – The Glenn Gould Prize Celebration of Music Week will kick off with a gala concert on Monday, October 26 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto featuring the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela in their Canadian debut, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in his first-ever Toronto appearance. That same evening, José Antonio Abreu will receive The Glenn Gould Prize at this historic concert.