Glenn Gould Prize

The Glenn Gould Prize is an international award bestowed by the Glenn Gould Foundation in memory of noted Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. It is awarded every second year to a living individual in recognition of his/her contributions to music and communication. Prior to 2011 it had been awarded every third year.[1]

Prize laureates receive a purse of C$100,000.[2] Since 1993, they are also given the responsibility of naming the recipient of the City of Toronto's Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. Protégés receive C$15,000, and both winners and protégés receive a small bronze sculpture of Glenn Gould made by Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy.[1][3][4] A portrait of each laureate is also displayed in Toronto at the Glenn Gould Studio of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

The Prize jury changes for each award, and typically consists of renowned personalities from around the world.[5] The prize is funded by The Glenn Gould Prize Fund, which was established through the courtesy of Floyd S. Chalmers, with contributions by numerous administrations and foundations, including the Government of Canada. The main provider was the Canada Council, and since 2000 it has been the foundation itself.[6]

The eleventh and most recent laureate of the Glenn Gould Prize is American composer Philip Glass. Jury celebrations took place at Koerner Hall, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2015.[7] The winner of the City of Toronto Protégé Prize is American composer Timo Andres.

The Eleventh Glenn Gould Prize presentation was made on November 26, 2016 at Southam Hall, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The Genius of Philip Glass was presented by the National Arts Centre Orchestra with soloists Simone Dinnerstein and Matt Haimovitz. MC for the evening was British pop star Petula Clark.





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  3. "The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize". The Glenn Gould Foundation. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  4. "The Glenn Gould Prize Sculpture". The Glenn Gould Foundation. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  5. "The Prize Jury". The Glenn Gould Foundation. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  6. "The Glenn Gould Prize Fund". The Glenn Gould Foundation. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  7. "Composer Philip Glass wins the 2015 Glenn Gould Prize". CBC. Retrieved 14 April 2015.

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