Stewart Goodyear Follows Glenn Gould’s Footsteps
Acclaimed Pianist to Recreate Gould’s Celebrated U.S. Debut
Stewart Goodyear is preparing to embark on a journey. And while Glenn Gould created a roadmap in 1955, Goodyear is not yet sure where this journey will take him.
On Jan. 10, 2016, Goodyear will present Gould’s iconic U.S. debut program. The commemorative concert will replicate Gould’s 1955 Washington, D.C., premiere as part of the Phillips Collection’s 75th Anniversary Celebration event.
“I think, to me, that concert is just as historic as the premiere of the Rites of Spring in Paris in 1913,” Goodyear said. “It basically changed music history. Because of Glenn Gould, there was a new way of listening to the piano, a new way of programming.”
He was honoured to be chosen to bring Gould’s program to life for a new audience, performing — as Gould did — in Washington, D.C.
Goodyear — himself an accomplished concerto soloist, chamber musician recitalist and composer — began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto and completed his master’s at The Juilliard School. He gained global acclaim after performing all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre and the Mondavi Center, and will revisit Beethoven in Gould’s program along with the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach and Alban Berg.
“When it comes to the Glenn Gould program, the composers that he programmed, there was an atmosphere, there was a statement, there was something that Glenn Gould was saying that no other pianist was saying. It’s something I respect,” Goodyear said.
“Of course, I have not been wanting to do a Glenn Gould interpretation. All of these pieces are coming from a very personal point of view, so I’m honouring Glenn Gould by sharing with the audience my own interpretation.”
And so in following the footsteps Gould laid down in 1955, Goodyear is carving out his own path. Where it will take him and his audience, he’s not yet sure.
“I don’t think the artist ever knows, beforehand, how the audience will respond to his or her interpretation until that artist is there and there is that communion between the artist and the audience,” Goodyear said.
“I feel like there will be a very intimate collaboration going on and I won’t know until the moment I perform, what that experience will be like. I know it will be a deeply profound one. I could not even picture what the audience’s response will be but I know we’ll be on that journey together.”
Details for the Phillip's Collection event can be found here.
Photos by Anita Zvonar Photography
Elizabeth Foster lives and writes in Toronto. Originally from the East Coast, she studied journalism at Ryerson University and fell in love with the city. She is a pop culture connoisseur and aspiring survivalist.