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Toru Takemitsu (1996)

Fourth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate


Toru Takemitsu (born Tokyo, Japan, 1930; died Tokyo, Japan, 1996) saw his work as a composer, teacher and author establish new bridges between East and West. A true multimedia artist, this prolific composer’s output included concert works for symphony orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble, traditional Japanese gagaku orchestra and electronics as well as soundtracks for ninety movies. It was Takemitsu’s unique fusion and synthesis of two traditions - Japanese traditional music and western concert music - that became a trademark of his work and earned him the respect of composers, musicians and music lovers around the world.

Listen to Toru Takemitsu's daughter's acceptance speech from the Gala concert


Before his death, Dr. Takemitsu was made aware of his having been named the fourth laureate of this Prize. At that time he personally selected Tan Dun, the dynamic, young Chinese composer/performer/conductor, to be the winner of The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. Read more...

Fourth Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Gabriele Faust (Germany)

Head of Music Zweites Deutches Fernsehen Redaktion Theater und Music/ARTE

André Leplante (Canada)

Avril MacRory (United Kingdom)
Head of Music – TV British Broadcasting Corporation

John Peter Lee Roberts (Canada)
Former Dean of Fine Arts The University of Calgary

Trichy Sankaran (Canada)
Professor of Music York University

Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Canada/Finland)
Music Director and Conductor Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Donna Scott, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Chair, The Canada Council

Fourth Glenn Gould Prize Gala

The fourth Glenn Gould Prize was presented posthumously to Mrs. Asaka Takemitsu and Ms. Maki Takemitsu, wife and daughter of Toru Takemitsu, by The Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman, 39th Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario, in a ceremony at Glenn Gould Studio of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto on September 25, 1996.