Justin Trudeau on the legacy of Glenn Gould

Posted on: June 27, 2017

On Sunday’s (6/25) BBC Radio 3, program host James Rhodes speaks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Trudeau: “He’s someone who focused on challenging his listeners, challenging the community he was part of. I think that idea of accepting and embracing disruption in something as comfortable as classical music is a great example of what we’re trying to do and what we have to do, not just as a country but as a world, in terms of looking at new ways of doing things. … We can always recognize the young prodigies [like Gould], there always will be opportunity for someone with incredible skill to end up going to a top music-focused school. Where I worry is that it’s not just about the prodigy, not just about the Olympic athlete. It’s about making sure that everyone has the capacity to discover, to evolve, to grow, to challenge themselves in multiple directions—and music is, as we all know, an extraordinarily powerful way of connecting, of developing, of growing.”

Posted June 27, 2017