Leonard Cohen Awarded Glenn Gould Prize

Leonard Cohen Chosen Glenn Gould Prize Winner By International Panel

These excerpts from the CBCNews article provide the basic information about Cohen’s latest honor. More detail is available at the link.

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.

Cohen learned of his win Thursday evening and was not present at the Toronto announcement Friday, but he sent a message thanking the Glenn Gould Foundation.

“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 said in a statement.

The foundation will work with Cohen to create a program that is “meaningful to him” and that helps introduce his work to younger artists, said foundation executive director Brian Levine. Levine said Cohen will be announcing a protégé in the coming months.

… The jury hailed Cohen, a novelist and poet before he made music, for lending literary richness to popular music. Cohen’s books include poetry collections Let us Compare Mythologies and Flowers for Hitler, and novels The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers.

2 Responses to Leonard Cohen Awarded Glenn Gould Prize

  1. Congratulations to Mr. Cohen — and to Canada which fortunately ignores the adage that the prophet counts least in the country of his birth. What examples of graciousness, in the announcement of the prize and in LC’s acceptance.

  2. Yes.