Hallelujah! the new Glenn Gould laureate is….

Hallelujah! the new Glenn Gould laureate is….


norman lebrecht

April 01, 2011

I’ve just heard from the jury room in Toronto.

Leonard Cohen is the 9th winner of the C$50,000 Glenn Gould award.
That’s made me go all weak at the knees. Susanne, take my hand…
Report follows

Past winners include Oscar Peterson and Pierre Boulez. This time Stephen Fry was one of the judges. I guess he’ll claim credit for the choice and some brotherhood in gloom.

Here’s the CBC report.

And from the press release, just landed:

Jury Chair Paul Hoffert said, “The jury was unanimous in selecting Leonard Cohen
as the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize laureate.  His poetry and music transcend
national boundaries and cultures by touching our common humanity.  His unique
voice is nonetheless the common voice of people around the globe telling our
stories, expressing our emotions, reaching deeply into our psyches. Like Glenn
Gould, his work touches audiences far outside his main genre. 

The illustrious jury for the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize
included 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, educator and vocal producer Elaine Overholt
(Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi