The Third Prize
Third Glenn Gould Prize Laureate
1993 – Oscar Peterson, C.C. Canada
Oscar Peterson (born Montreal, Quebec, 1925; died Mississauga, Ontario, 2007) was one of the true giants of the international jazz world. In addition to his prodigious talents as a pianist, Peterson was also highly regarded as a teacher and composer. As a recording artist he performed with most of the jazz greats over the years including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. His recordings with his award-winning trios also brought him international recognition. For his achievements Oscar Peterson was awarded numerous honourary degrees as well as the highest rank, Companion of the Order of Canada.
Listen to Oscar Peterson's acceptance speech from the Gala concert on our Audio page.
The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize
1993 - Benny Green
This exceptional pianist is considered a leader in the new breed of young, internationally acclaimed jazz artists. An excellent musician with an innate ability to communicate his ideas through his music, he draws upon the influences of Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Wynton Kelly and Cedar Walton. Born in 1963, Benny Green has played with major artists such as Bobby Watson, Betty Carter and Freddie Hubbard and with his colleagues, Ray, Herb and Jeff, with whom he performed during this gala. He also has his own Trio.
Benny Green was personally selected by Oscar Peterson to receive the first City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize.
Third Glenn Gould Prize Jury
Dr. Irmgaard Bontinck (Austria)
Paul Griffiths (United Kingdom)
Ghyslaine Guertin (Canada)
Dr. Ladislav Mokry (Czechoslovakia)
Motoyuki Nakagawa (Japan)
Pauline Oliveros (USA)
John Peter Lee Roberts (Canada)
Allan Gotlieb, Chair of the Jury (Canada)
Third Glenn Gould Prize Gala
The Glenn Gould Prize Ceremonies to honour Oscar Peterson was held May 10, 1993 at the Glenn Gould Studio at the Canadian Brodcasting Centre, in Toronto, Canada. Oscar Peterson performed on a Bosendorfer piano form Remenyi House of Music in Toronto. A reception was held in the lobby of the Glenn Gould Studio following the performance. The program was broadcast live on both the English and French CBC/SRC STEREO networks.
The program for the evening:
Goldberg Aria Motif
Howard Cable, arr.
Originally commissioned by CBC/SRC for the official opening of
The Glenn Gould Studio. Performed tonight be a brass quintet from
the Salvation Army Canadian Staff Band
Entrance of the Governor General
Patrick Watson, O.C., Chairman
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio Canada
John Peter Lee Roberts, C.M. President
The Glenn Gould Foundation
Allan Gotlieb, C.C., Chairman
The Canadian Council
Tonight's program will be announced from the stage by Margaret Pacsu.
The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protege Prize
to Benny Green
by Her Worship, Mayor June Rowlands
The Glenn Gould Prize
to Oscar Peterson
by His Excellency, Governor General Ramon John Hnatyshyn
by John Peter Lee Roberts, President
The Glenn Gould Foundation
Oscar Peterson, piano
Herb Ellis, guitar, Ray Brown, bass and Jeff Hamilton, drums
and featuring Benny Green, piano