Toronto, ON (September 25, 2012) – Today, as the 80th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birthday is celebrated around the globe, the Glenn Gould Foundation invites the public to nominate individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of extraordinary creative achievement and innovation for the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize.

An international symbol of creative excellence, The Glenn Gould Prize – which has been referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts” – is awarded biennially to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  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.

“We call upon the international community to bring forth nominations of those outstanding women and men among them whose life’s work manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation embodied by the Glenn Gould Prize,” said Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

Living candidates of any nationality are eligible.  For full nomination guidelines visit  The call for nominations closes on December 15, 2012.  An international jury will assemble in 2013 to choose the Tenth Prize Laureate.

The winner of the Glenn Gould Prize receives $50,000 (CDN) and the Glenn Gould Prize statue by Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy.  The winner chooses an outstanding young artist who embodies the qualities of creative promise, innovation and career potential demonstrated by Gould in his youth to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CDN). The laureate’s work is honoured through a series of public events presented within the year.

Past laureates include Leonard Cohen (2011), Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela’s free music education program for children and youth, Pierre Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1990).

The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation’s signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize.  This year in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birthday, the Foundation is proud to support the Royal Conservatory’s “Glenn Gould’s Birthday BACHanalia” and “Dreamers Renegades Visionaries: The Glenn Gould Variations”.  For more information on the Foundation and prize visit .


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Karen Lorenowicz, KL Strategic Communications,  416-245-2475


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