The Seventh Prize
Seventh Glenn Gould Prize Laureate
2005 - Sir André Previn, Germany/USA
Sir André Previn (born Berlin, Germany, 1929) is a gifted composer, pianist, conductor and broadcaster, and has produced a body of work running the gamut from concert and opera stages, to Hollywood, Broadway and television. Few musical careers have been ranged as widely with equal fluency and accomplishment as his. With more than 50 films scores to his credit, he has received 13 “Oscar” nominations and won four Academy Awards. He has also won 10 Grammy awards in seven different categories. A true renaissance man of music, Sir André has, with natural ease, brought popularity without the slightest compromise of artistic integrity.
Listen to Sir Previn's acceptance speech from the Gala concert on our Audio page.
The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize
2005 - Roman Patkoló, Slovakia
Though still in his early twenties, Roman Patkoló is already recognized internationally as an outstanding soloist on the double bass and is fast becoming a genuine classical music star. Born in Zilina, Slovakia in 1982, Patkoló took to the double bass only relatively late at age 13, but his exceptional talent quickly become apparent: just two years later, he won first prize at the Slovak National Competition for Double Bass in Bratislava. Since then, he has won prizes at other international competitions for bassists, including the world's largest, the Johann Matthias Sperger International Competition in Germany in 2000. In February 2005, Roman Patkoló also took a position in the orchestra of the Zurich Opera House and continues to hold a scholarship with the Circle of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
Seventh Glenn Gould Prize Jury
Schuyler G. Chapin (USA)
Schuyler Chapin's extraordinarily rich career has included major appointments with the National Broadcasting Company; Columbia Artists Management; Columbia Records; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to his autobiography, Musical Chairs, Mr. Chapin is also the author of Leonard Bernstein: Notes from a Friend. In recent years, Mr. Chapin has held various positions including Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University; Vice-President Worldwide Concert & Artists Activities, Steinway & Sons; and Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Jane Coop (Canada)
Pianist Jane Coop, one of Canada's most distinguished artists, has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Major orchestras around the world have featured her as soloist in some forty concerti, including the Royal Philharmonic, all the principal orchestras of Canada, the Seattle Symphony, the Hong Kong Symphony, and many others. She has also appeared as recitalist in many of the great halls of the world—including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Wigmore Hall—and has recorded over 20 CDs. Ms. Coop is Professor of Music and Head of the Keyboard Division at the University of British Columbia.
David S. Goldbloom (Canada)
Chair of the 2005 Jury, David Goldbloom is a past Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. Born in Montreal, he completed an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. In 1998, he was appointed Physician-in-Chief of the newly created Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto; and in 2003, he was appointed Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public Affairs at the same institution. Dr. Goldbloom is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Off Centre Music Salon, a professional chamber music group that performs in Toronto.
Agnes Grossmann (Canada/Austria)
Over the Course of her illustrious conducting career, Agnes Grossmann has led several outstanding organizations including the Wiener Singakademie; Chamber Players of Toronto; Metropolitan Orchestra and Choir of Montreal; Orford Arts Centre; Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton, Alberta); and the Vienna Boys Choir. She has also guest conducted orchestras and choirs across Canada, Japan and Europe, including the symphony orchestras of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary; the Canadian Chamber Ensemble; the National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Paul Hoffert, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Paul Hoffert is a Director of The Glenn Gould Foundation. Click here for his biography.
William Littler (Canada)
After graduating from the University of British Columbia, William Littler held the post of music and dance critic of the Vancouver Sun before being invited to become music critic of the Toronto Star. A board member of the Music Critics Association of North America, he is also a founding vice-president of the Paris-based International Music Critics Association. He has taught courses at the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, McMaster University and University of Waterloo, and lectured at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has also appeared as a judge in major international music competitions.