“Astonishing maturity… Marika Bournaki displayed amazing refinement and poetry.”
– Thomas Beaujean, Aachener Zeitung
TORONTO (September 30, 2011) This November, twenty year-old Canadian musical sensation Marika Bournaki returns to Carnegie Hall to play a benefit recital for The Glenn Gould Foundation.
“We are proud to have worked with Marika on a number of exciting projects,” said Brian Levine, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Her first benefit recital for us in 2008 was such a spectacular success that we jumped at the opportunity when she offered to support us with another performance,” said Mr. Levine.
As part of its mission to extend the legacy of Glenn Gould, the Foundation recognizes and celebrates young artists of extraordinary promise, providing the kind of support that helped launch Gould’s meteoric rise. In 2007, Marika made a powerful impression on audiences when she opened the 18-month-long exhibition, Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius at the Canadian Museum of Civilization with a performance on Gould’s favourite Steinway piano. The event also marked the international celebration of the 75th anniversary of Gould’s birth. Marika’s New York debut in benefit of The Glenn Gould Foundation soon followed in 2008. She also performed in front of distinguished audiences at an event honouring the Eighth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, including the world-renowned dramatic tenor Ben Heppner, the late Academy-Award winning director, playwright and screenwriter Anthony Minghella, award-winning author Michael Ondaatje and famed composer, musicologist and broadcaster Peter Shickele.
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.
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.
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.”