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March 15, 2006

Musican Composer Andre Previn Honoured

Written by
cindy mcleod

Sir Andre Previn

Conductor, composer, and pianist Andre Previn was awarded the esteemed Glenn Gould Prize yesterday in Toronto, recognizing his distinguished career and extraordinary contributions to western music.

Previn accepted the prize at a ceremony held at the Glenn Gould Studio in the Canadian Broadcast Centre that included concert performances by Canadian jazz pianists Don Thompson and the Oliver Jones Trio, along with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (dir. Tania Miller), and soprano Nicole Cabell.

The award includes a$50,000 prize and the opportunity to name the recipient of the $10,000 Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. Previn chose Romanian double bass player Roman Patkoló.

Maestro Previn’s career exemplifies musical excellence, and his achievements have won him honors including the Cross of Merit from both Austria and Germany, a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement, several Grammy Awards, Musical America’s “Musician of the Year,” and the Grand Prix du Disque for the recording of his own opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. In 1996, Mr. Previn was awarded a Knighthood (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Glenn Gould Foundation set the award up in 1982 to honour the legacy of Gould. Bestowed every three years, previous recipients include Oscar Peterson, Yo-Yo Ma and Pierre Boulez. This year’s Laureate and the Protégé will be honoured with their awards in Toronto at a gala reception in September 2005, around the time of Glenn Gould’s birthday. Included in the day’s events is a recital featuring Maestro Previn and the winner of the Protégé Prize at the Glenn Gould Studio.

For more information visit www.glenngould.ca

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