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Leonard Cohen given ninth Glenn Gould Prize

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Apr. 3rd, 2011 | 02:10 pm
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Leonard Cohen given ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Leonard Cohen is the winner of the ninth Glenn Gould Prize, an international award given to a living artist who has made a "unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts."

In his thanks to the Glenn Gould Foundation, Cohen noted that the honour of receiving the award, which comes with a cash prize of $50,000, is "sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould."

Leonard Cohen was chosen from a distinguished list of international candidates nominated by the general public. In addition to the cash prize, Cohen will have the opportunity to choose an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000. The two 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.

The jury 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 American pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman; 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).

Leonard Cohen's work includes 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). He 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.

"Hallelujah", one of Cohen's best-known and best-loved songs, has been covered by over 150 artists.

Past laureates of the Glenn Gould Prize include Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's free music education program for children and youth; composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (2002), Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson (1993) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1999).

For more information on the foundation, prize and jurors visit www.glenngould.ca

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