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Yo-Yo Ma (1999)

Fifth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate


Photo by John Reeves

Yo-Yo Ma (born Paris, 1955) has a multifaceted career – a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing a new cello concerto,revisiting a familiar work from the repertoire,comingtogether with colleagues for chamber music,or exploring cultures and musical forms outside of the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. His groundbreaking Silk Road Project was designed to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Listen to Yo-Yo Ma's acceptance speech from the Gala concert


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Fifth Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Eva Badura-Skoda (Austria)
Musicologist, author

Tan Dun (China/USA)
Composer and 1996 The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize Laureate

Carole Muizelaar (Netherlands)
Former Head of Music, Netherlands National Public Radio

Tim Page (USA)
Chief Music Critic, Washington Post

John Peter Lee Roberts (Canada)
Founding President, The Glenn Gould Foundation; former Dean of Fine Arts, University of Calgary

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Canada/Finland)
Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

John Wyre (Canada)
Percussionist and founding member, Nexus

François Colbert, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Vice-Chair of The Canada Council for the Arts