“The composer Philip Glass has been named eleventh recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, a lifetime achievement award given out every two to three years to prominent musicians,” writes Brian Wise on Tuesday (4/14) at New York radio station WQXR’s website. “The prize, valued at $100,000, is said to promote the ‘vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.’ The award … is named after the late Canadian pianist…. The composer said in a statement, ‘I am aware that this award places me in the company of some of the most celebrated names in the broad spectrum of the music of our time.’ The prize was announced at Koerner Hall in Toronto by the singer Petula Clark. Glass will also receive a sculpture by Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy…. Glass recently published a memoir, Words Without Music, which traces his artistic arc, from childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to student days in Chicago, to Juilliard, and then Paris studies with the composer/conductor Nadia Boulanger.” Prior Glenn Gould Prize winners include José Antonio Abreu (2008), André Previn (2005), Pierre Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), and Yehudi Menuhin (1990).
Posted April 14, 2015