Who do you think should win a Glenn Gould Award?

Who do you think should win a Glenn Gould Award?


norman lebrecht

September 25, 2019

The public are being asked:

Toronto, ON (September 25, 2019) – Today, on the 87th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birthday, the Glenn Gould Foundation invites the
public to nominate individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of extraordinary creative achievement, social impact and innovation for the Thirteenth Glenn Gould Prize.

‘We invite people from around the world to nominate those outstanding women and men 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.
Living candidates of any nationality are eligible. For full nomination guidelines visit www.glenngould.ca.

An international jury will assemble in 2020 to choose the Thirteenth Prize Laureate. The winner of The Glenn Gould Prize receives $100,000 (CDN) and The Glenn Gould Prize statue by Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy. The winner chooses an outstanding young artist who embodies the qualities of creative promise, innovation and career potential demonstrated by Gould in his youth to receive The 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 Jessye Norman (2018), Philip Glass (2016), Robert Lepage (2014), Leonard Cohen (2011), Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela’s free music education program for children and youth, Pierre Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1990).



  • boringfileclerk says:

    Anne Sophie Mutter. She could use the cash and recognition.

  • Chris says:

    I would think Bernard Haitink should be among the nominees. His career, first as violinist then as conductor, has done so much to put good music making into the world’s awareness.

  • V.Lind says:

    Dunno about “should” but if I were a gambler I’d be inclined to place a flutter on Margaret Atwood, who seems to be flavour of the moment. And while her work is not to my taste, there can be little doubt she first the criteria.

    Female, Canadian, getting on — and if she does not win the Booker prize there will be a collective gasp — certainly a reasonable contender.

  • V.Lind says:

    That should be “fits.” The laptop slipped!

  • Nick says:

    Piotr Anderszewski – should be a candidate! A great artist, great man, mature and proven all over the world. Great Bach interpreter!
    Mikhail Pletnev – is a great candidate. One of the greatest living artists; an outstanding pianist and conductor.
    Ivo Pogorelich – is a great choice. The creative master, great Bach interpreter and an iconic artistic figure.
    All three are pianists, of course – more than appropriate for the “Glenn Gould Award”

  • Edgar Self says:

    For Gouldian weirdness: Olli Mustonen, but I could vote with Nick for Anderszewski, Pletnev, and even Ivo Pogorelic (lifetime achievement? He’s 61.)

  • Rosemary Forbes-Butler says:

    John Morris Russell, conductor who regenerated the Windsor Symphony in Canada

    • V.Lind says:

      Read the other recipients. A little local, what?

      I’m Canadian and I did not know Windsor had a symphony. Glad it does, and kudos to Mr. Russell, but this is not a boy scout badge.

  • Bruce says:


  • Frimfram says:

    Barbara Hannigan!!!

  • Fitzfulke says:

    Keith Jarrett. He’s done it all, better than everyone.

  • Cyril says:

    Susan Boyle.

  • MacCammonTom says:

    David Byrne

  • double-sharp says:

    It should go to a *young* musician at the start of their career – and not an established pro who doesn”t need it. It should go to someone whose playing and approach are are innovative as Gould’s.

    I nominate Tiffany Poon – who achieves superlative musical results, without feeling the need to splay her tits all over the place in lieu of actual talent.