Glenn Gould Foundation to Honour Maestro’s Outstanding Artistry with Prestigious Triennial Prize
TORONTO – The illustrious Glenn Gould Prize, presented once every three years, has been awarded to the internationally renowned conductor, composer and pianist for his outstanding contributions to music. The five-member jury consisted of former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Schuyler Chapin; distinguished pianist Jane Coop; celebrated conductor Agnes Grossmann; influential artist/lecturer Paul Hoffert and respected Music Critic William Littler. Thisdistinguished jury was chaired by Dr. David Goldbloom, a member of the Board ofDirectors of the Glenn Gould Foundation.
“We are truly thrilled to honour Sir André Previn with the Glenn Gould Prize,” said Merle Kriss, President, Glenn Gould Foundation. “This award exemplifies the musical excellence of a rare few, and Maestro Previn’s remarkable body of work and wide range of talents certainly make him a member of this exclusive club. It is indeed a pleasure to celebrate him in this manner.”
Maestro Previn will receive a cash award of $50,000 and the opportunity to name an exceptional young musician from anywhere in the world to receive the $10,000 City of Toronto - Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. Previous Laureates are the esteemed artists Pierre Boulez (2002); Yo-Yo Ma (1999); Toru Takemitsu (1996); Oscar Peterson C.C. (1993); Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1990), and R. Murray Schafer (1987). Previous Protégé winners are Jean-Guihen Queyras (2002); Wu Man (1999); Tan Dun (1996), and Benny Green (1993).
“I thought Glenn Gould was the greatest pianist of his time and I admired him boundlessly,” said Maestro Previn. “It certainly is an honour to be given a prize that bears his name, and to be in the company of all those who were previous Laureates. I am delighted.”
“This was a difficult decision given the stature of those we considered for the award,” said Dr. Goldbloom. “But in the end, Maestro Previn’s varied career and extraordinary contributions in so many different media made him the enthusiastic choice of the jury.”
Sir André Previn is one of the world’s most recognized and versatile musicians. His work as an award-winning conductor, composer, pianist, author, prolific recording artist, and television host is comprehensive.
He has been the Music Director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2002, having previously held the chief artistic posts with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic. Maestro Previn also appears regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic, to name a few. As a pianist, he often performs together with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell, and he regularly gives chamber music concerts with the Emerson String Quartet, as well as members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Philharmonic.
As a composer, his recent compositions include a string quartet for the Emerson String Quartet, a work for violin and piano (Tango, Song and Dance) and the Violin Concerto, commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Both works were written for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Maestro Previn’s recordings have won him several Grammy Awards. Musical America named him “Musician of the Year” and the recording of his first opera,A Streetcar Named Desire, won the Grand Prix du Disque. André Previn holds the Cross of Merit from both Austria and Germany, a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement, and in 1996 was awarded a Knighthood (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In recent years, Maestro Previn has returned to one of his first loves -- jazz -- and has recorded and performed with the late jazz bass legend Ray Brown. His memoir No Minor Chords -- My Early Days in Hollywood, chronicles his years as composer, arranger, and orchestrator at the MGM Studios.
The Laureate and the Protégé will be honoured with their awards in Toronto at a gala reception in September 2005, around the time of Glenn Gould’s birthday. Included in the day’s events is a recital featuring Maestro Previn and the winner of the Protégé Prize at the Glenn Gould Studio.
About the Glenn Gould Foundation
The Glenn Gould Foundation is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to pay tribute to the legacy of Glenn Gould by embracing the future, celebrating brilliance, unlocking creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and art. Established in 1983 in Toronto, the Foundation awards the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize and The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize once every three years. Laureates of the prize are among the most distinguished artists of our time and are charged with selecting the recipient of The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding young musician with the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to the art. For more information about The Glenn Gould Foundation and to support its mission, please visit www.glenngould.ca.
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