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In 1993, The Glenn Gould Foundation expanded The Glenn Gould Prize to include The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. As part of The Glenn Gould Prize, each Laureate selects an outstanding young artist who shows the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to enriching the human condition through the arts to become a Protégé.

The Protégé Prize is a cash award of C$15 000. Protégés also receive a miniature bronze sculpture of Glenn Gould created by Canadian sculptor, Ruth Abernethy. Protégés are honoured at the same time as The Glenn Gould Prize Laureates.

The Glenn Gould Prize is awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  Each Glenn Gould Prize Laureate also chooses an outstanding young artist to receive The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize.


2018 - Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Singer and Composer

Selected by Jessye Norman

2015 - Timo Andres

Composer and pianist.

Selected by Philip Glass


2013 - L'orchestre D'Hommes-Orchestres

The figure of the one-man band and the struggle with his instrument to create “visual music”.

Selected by Robert Lepage


2011 - The Children of Sistema Toronto

Social and personal advancement through music education.

Selected by Leonard Cohen


2008 - Gustavo Dudamel


Selected by Dr. José Antonio Abreu


2005 - Roman Patkoló

Double Bass

Selected by Sir André Previn


2002 - Jean-Guilhen Queyras


Selected by Pierre Boulez


1999 - Wu Man


Selected by Yo-Yo Ma


1996 - Tan Dun


Selected by Toru Takemitsu


1993 - Benny Green

Jazz Piano

Selected by Oscar Peterson