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Pierre Boulez (2002)

Sixth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate

Pierre Boulez

Photo by John Reeves


Pierre Boulez (born Montbrison, France, 1925) is one of the most important musical and intellectual figures of the 20th century. An international acclaimed conductor, composer, researcher, author, theorist, teacher, administrator, and recording artist, he graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1945. Resolute imagination, force of will and ruthless combativeness quickly secured him a position, as a young man, at the head of Parisian musical avant-garde. M. Boulez’s compositions have been in the forefront of many new streams in contemporary music, and he has won distinction as one of the great orchestral conductors of our time.

Listen to Pierre Boulez's acceptance speech from the Gala concert


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The Sixth Glenn Gould Prize Jury

Sarah Caldwell (USA)
Sarah Caldwell is a renowned American impresario, conductor and director. In 1957 she founded the Boston Opera Company and in 1976 she became the first woman conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Ms. Caldwell has conducted many North American premieres of operas such as Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron.

Schuyler G. Chapin (USA)
Schuyler Chapin, a former director of artists and repertoire for Columbia Records, has lent his programming expertise to Lincoln Centre and to the Metropolitan Opera. He was also Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of new York until December, 2001, where he witnessed first-hand the impact of September 11 on that city’s artistic landscape.

Tim Page (USA)
Tim Page is a graduate of Columbia University, also studied music at Tanglewood and the Mannes College of Music. In 1987, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his critical writing on music for The Washington Post, where he remains the chief music critic. The author of such books as The Glenn Gould Reader, Page has served most recently as artistic advisor and creative chair for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew Porter (United Kingdom)
Andrew Porter is one of the world’s most respected authors on music. He was Music Critic of The New Yorker for 20 years and now writes for The Times Literary Supplement. His work has also appeared in The Observer, The Financial Times and in magazines such as Opera, Musical Times and Gramophone. Five collections of his magazine articles have been published in book form.

Robert Silverman (Canada)
Robert Silverman is a distinguished Canadian pianist with 25 CDs to his credit. He has been the recipient of numerous international awards and accolades, including a Grand Prix du Disque for the Liszt Society of Budapest. His 10 CD set of the 32 Beethoven sonatas was nominated for a Juno Award, an honour he had earned earlier for his recording of Michael Conway Baker’s Piano Concerto.

David Goldbloom, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Chair of the 2002 Jury, Dr. Goldbloom is a Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation in Toronto and is Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 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. He received his training in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University.