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