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Sir André Previn (2005)

Seventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate


Photo by John Reeves


Sir André Previn (born Berlin, Germany, 1929) is a gifted composer, pianist, conductor and broadcaster, and has produced a body of work running the gamut from concert and opera stages, to Hollywood, Broadway and television. Few musical careers have been ranged as widely with equal fluency and accomplishment as his. With more than 50 films scores to his credit, he has received 13 “Oscar” nominations and won four Academy Awards. He has also won 10 Grammy awards in seven different categories. A true renaissance man of music, Sir André has, with natural ease, brought popularity without the slightest compromise of artistic integrity.

Listen to Sir Previn's acceptance speech from the Gala concert


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Seventh Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Schuyler G. Chapin (USA)
Schuyler Chapin's extraordinarily rich career has included major appointments with the National Broadcasting Company; Columbia Artists Management; Columbia Records; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to his autobiography, Musical Chairs, Mr. Chapin is also the author of Leonard Bernstein: Notes from a Friend. In recent years, Mr. Chapin has held various positions including Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University; Vice-President Worldwide Concert & Artists Activities, Steinway & Sons; and Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Jane Coop (Canada)
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada's most distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Major orchestras around the world have featured her as soloist in some forty concerti, including the Royal Philharmonic, all the principal orchestras of Canada, the Seattle Symphony, the Hong Kong Symphony, and many others. She has also appeared as recitalist in many of the great halls of the world—including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Wigmore Hall—and has recorded over 20 CDs. Ms. Coop is Professor of Music and Head of the Keyboard Division at the University of British Columbia.

David S. Goldbloom (Canada)
Chair of the 2005 Jury, David Goldbloom is a past Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. Born in Montreal, he completed an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. In 1998, he was appointed Physician-in-Chief of the newly created Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto; and in 2003, he was appointed Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs at the same institution. Dr. Goldbloom is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Off Centre Music Salon, a professional chamber music group that performs in Toronto.

Agnes Grossmann (Canada/Austria)
Over the Course of her illustrious conducting career, Agnes Grossmann has led several outstanding organizations including the Wiener Singakademie; Chamber Players of Toronto; Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir of Montreal; Orford Arts Centre; Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton, Alberta); and the Vienna Boys Choir. She has also guest conducted orchestras and choirs across Canada, Japan and Europe, including the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary; the Canadian Chamber Ensemble; the National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Paul Hoffert, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Dr. Paul Hoffert is Chair of the Glenn Gould Foundation (US), Chair of the Bell Fund, Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, and Fine Arts Professor at York University. He is former Chair of the Ontario Arts Council, Faculty Fellow at Harvard Law School, President of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and a Director of the United Nations World Summit on Information Societies. An established jazz recording artist, television performer, off-Broadway musical author, and film composer, he has parallel achievements in science and technology and is author of several best-selling books about the Info Age. He remains an active jazz pianist and tours with his Juno Award-winning band Lighthouse. He was awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to music and media.

William Littler (Canada)
After graduating from the University of British Columbia, William Littler held the post of music and dance critic of the Vancouver Sun before being invited to become music critic of the Toronto Star. A board member of the Music Critics Association of North America, he is also a founding vice-president of the Paris-based International Music Critics Association. He has taught courses at the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, McMaster University and University of Waterloo, and lectured at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has also appeared as a judge in major international music competitions.