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.”

The call for nomination opens to the public on Gould’s birthday, September 25, 2010 and closes on December 31, 2010.  Living candidates of any nationality are eligible.  An international jury will assemble in 2011 to choose the Ninth Prize Laureate.

Past Laureates include Oscar Peterson (1993), Yo-Yo Ma (1999) and more recently, Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu (2008). The Glenn Gould Foundation will honour future Laureates with a spectacular week of events like those mounted for Abreu last year.  The Glenn Gould Prize Celebration of Music week (October, 2009) featured the Canadian Debut performances of the internationally acclaimed Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel, an international symposium on the transformative power of music education and a stadium concert for an audience of more than 12,000 students at the Rogers Centre.   More than 20,000 attendees experienced the Celebration of Music, and the events generated more than 40 million media impressions.

“Every Glenn Gould Prize Celebration will be as publicly engaging, socially and culturally significant, and memorable as last year’s events,” said Mr. Levine. “But the key is to have an amazing Laureate whose achievements will illuminate and inspire, and that’s where the public’s nominations come in.”

Click here for the full Nominations Guidelines.

The Glenn Gould Foundation’s mandate is to honour 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.


To learn more about The Glenn Gould Foundation, contact or 416-962-6200 for Executive Director, Brian Levine.