Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Glenn Gould Laureate to be announced April 1 in Toronto

From a media release:

Glenn Gould Foundation Unveils Stellar Jury of Arts VIPs
Stephen Fry and Atom Egoyan among Jurors for the
Ninth Glenn Gould Prize


Laureate to be announced April 1 at 10:30am

Toronto, ON (March 2011) – The Glenn Gould Foundation announced the international jury panel for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize which includes: singer/songwriter, indie producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dadawa (China); screenwriter, film and opera director Atom Egoyan (Canada); actor, screenwriter, author and director Stephen Fry (UK); celebrated pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman (United States); film producer, founder and director of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI Group Phoebe Greenberg (Canada); singer, vocal coach and vocal producer Elaine Overholt (Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi (Canada/UK/Greece).  The winner of the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize will be announced at a news conference at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on Friday, April 1.

“We are pleased to convene this accomplished and eclectic group of jurors to select a laureate whose life’s work manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation embodied by the Glenn Gould Prize,” said Brian Levine, Executive Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation.

The Glenn Gould Prize - referred to as “The Nobel Prize of the Arts” – is awarded biennially to a living individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.  A tribute to Glenn Gould’s artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.  The winner receives $50,000 (CDN) and chooses an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CDN). The laureate’s work is honoured through a series of public events presented within the year.

Past laureates include Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela’s free music education program for children and youth, Pierre Boulez (2002), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Yo-Yo Ma (1999).

The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation’s signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize.  For more information on the foundation, prize and jurors visit www.glenngould.ca .

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