Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

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Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby MarieM » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:01 pm

Congratulations to Leonard on receiving this most prestigious award.
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Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize


An iconic and innovative force in songwriting, performance and poetry

Toronto, ON (April 1, 2011) – Singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen has been awarded The Ninth Glenn Gould Prize. The international award is presented biennially to a living luminary who has made a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts and manifests the values of innovation, inspiration and transformation. A tribute to Glenn Gould’s artistry and his multifaceted contributions to culture, the prize promotes the vital connection between artistic excellence and the transformation of lives.

“I want to thank The Glenn Gould Foundation for their kindness. It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould, and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of Music and Imagination,” stated Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen was chosen from a distinguished list of international candidates nominated by the general public and will receive a cash prize of $50,000 (CDN) and the opportunity to choose an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000 (CDN). Mr. Cohen and his protégé will receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Toronto and their work will be honoured through a series of public events later this year.

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. Hallelujah!”

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 (Canada/UK/Greece).

For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, relentlessly examining the central issues in human experience, and reporting with passion, insight and wisdom. His body of work is a reflection of the zeitgeist of the late 20th century and beyond. His songs are works of great poetic depth and profound emotional force, and set new standards for quality, range and seriousness in pop music. Artists and music-lovers alike are drawn to the dignity, ambition and sheer power of his songs.

An accomplished literary figure before he began recording music in the late 1960s, his collections of poetry, including Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) and Flowers for Hitler, and his novels including The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966), had already brought him considerable recognition. His dual careers in music and literature have continued feeding each other over the decades – his songs revealing a literary richness rare in the world of popular music, and his poetry and prose informed by an intense musicality. Collectively, Cohen has published 12 books including Book of Longing (2006), a collection of prose, poetry and drawings which was the first book of poetry to reach the top of Canada’s bestsellers’ lists, and which formed the basis of a memorable musical and theatre collaboration with composer Philip Glass which premiered at Toronto’s Luminato festival.

Leonard Cohen is one of the most covered artists alive today, influencing generations of songwriters, and his music has earned the accolades of other artists in tribute albums in France, Norway, Canada, Spain, the Czech Republic, South Africa, and the United States. “Hallelujah”, one of Cohen’s best-known and best-loved songs has been covered by over 150 artists including Willie Nelson and Bono. Numerous documentaries, awards, and tribute albums acknowledge the far-reaching contribution Cohen has made to music. He continues to refine and deepen his art, and as a musician he is constantly exploring new territory.

The Glenn Gould Foundation honours Glenn Gould’s spirit and legacy by celebrating brilliance, promoting creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and the arts with the Foundation’s signature activities, including The Glenn Gould Prize. Past laureates include Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela’s free music education program for children and youth, Pierre Boulez (2002), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Yo-Yo Ma (1999). For more information on the foundation, prize and jurors visit http://www.glenngould.ca .
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby MarieM » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:32 pm

Leonard Cohen wins 2011 Glenn Gould Prize
CBC News Posted: Apr 1, 2011 11:42 AM ET

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is the latest winner of the Glenn Gould Prize.

Leonard Cohen received a new cultural accolade Friday, when he was named the ninth winner of the Glenn Gould Prize.

Dubbed by some as the "Nobel Prize of the Arts," it is presented biennially to "an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts."

The winner receives $50,000 and also chooses an outstanding younger artist to receive a related Protégé Prize worth $15,000.

"I want to thank the Glenn Gould Foundation for its kindness," Cohen, who was not present at the announcement in Toronto on Friday, said in a statement.

"It is a great honour, sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould and our collective appreciation of his invigorating and enduring presence in the world of music and imagination."

Cohen, the Montreal-born singer-songwriter, poet and author, was selected by an international panel of judges, which included Toronto filmmaker Atom Egoyan and U.K. author Stephen Fry.

Past Gould laureates have included Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson, Venezuelan conductor and music education champion José Antonio Abreu and French composer Pierre Boulez.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby LisaLCFan » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:46 pm

Congratulations, Mr. Cohen! A truly well-deserved honour! Bravo!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby Mabeanie1 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:02 pm

Congratulations Leonard!

This is a pretty amazing award. It's good to see him in such illustrious company.

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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby sturgess66 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:07 pm

Wonderful!

Congratulations to Leonard Cohen!
The jury chose well. :D
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:32 pm

Such a beautiful written piece about their granting of the award posted by the Foundation itself 8) !

Kudos many times over to Leonard! And hearty Congratulations!
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Postby musicmania » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:47 pm

Many congratulations to Leonard!!! Great to see him getting such a well deserved accolade and what a wonderful well written article :D
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby KatzieMtl » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:52 pm

Something else on the subject:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/art ... le1967007/
Sorry, I don't know how to post links..
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby sue7 » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:08 pm

Wonderful news! Congratulations to Leonard.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby holydove » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:14 pm

Congratulations, Mr. Leonard Cohen!!

An award which acknowledges enrichment of the human condition through the arts - it is absolutely perfect!! There has never been a more deserving recipient of such an award!!

Thank you for posting the lovely article, Marie!
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:27 pm

An award which acknowledges enrichment of the human condition through the arts - it is absolutely perfect!! There has never been a more deserving recipient of such an award!!
Yes, EXACTLY, Rachel holydove.
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby rike » Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:58 am

Thank you for posting this announcement of yet another honor for LC!
Mr. Cohen's acceptance note displays the grace we have come to expect from him. The text of the jury's verdict demonstrats that LC inspires poetry in others too:
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. Hallelujah!”
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby phillip » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:41 am

congratulations, there is no one like Leonard Cohen and never will be he is the BEST of the BEST the Greatest of the Great :D
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Postby lizzytysh » Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:52 pm

Right, rike. Could anyone have said it better or more completely than that 8) ?
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Re: Leonard Cohen Awarded the Ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Postby dick » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:16 pm

Fantastuc good news of well deserved recognition. Congrtulations to Leonard!

Thanks for the post Marie.

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