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THE SCOOP | 2018 Glenn Gould Prize Jury To Include A Hollywood Movie Star And Reality TV Show Tattoo Artist

By Michael Vincent on February 21, 2018

The Glenn Gould Foundation has named an eclectic mix of judges for the twelfth Glenn Gould Prize this year.

Topping off the list of 10 jury members is Academy Award-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen, who will chair the jury panel for the first time. Mortensen is best known for playing the character of Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and is also a published poet, painter, musician, and photographer.

One particularly unexpected selection for what some call the “Nobel Prize for the Arts,” is American reality TV show star Kat Von D. The tattoo artist previously starred in LA Ink which aired on The Learning Channel (TVC) from 2007 and 2011. She is also an entrepreneur and make-up artist.

The eight other jury members include:

François Girard (Canada) — screenwriter

Ute Lemper (Germany) — singer and actress

Beverley McLachlin (Canada) — writer and former Chief Justice

Naeemeh Naeemaei  (Iran) — painter

Sondra Radvanovsky (Canada/United States) — soprano

Howard Shore (Canada) — composer and conductor

Foday Musa Suso (Gambia/United States) — kora virtuoso and composer

Ye Xiaogang (China) — composer, professor, and Chairman of the China Musicians’ Association

The jury will meet in Toronto on April 11 and 12 to deliberate and select a possible laureate working in music, theatre, writing, film, video, radio, television, recording, technology, architecture or design.

Past winners include Philip Glass (2015), Robert Lepage (2013), Leonard Cohen (2011), Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008) founder of El Sistema, Pierre Boulez (2002), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Oscar Peterson (1993) and Lord Yehudi Menuhin (1990).

The winner of the 2018 Glenn Gould Prize will be announced on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Ludwig Van will be on hand, so be sure to watch these pages for all the details when the winner is announced.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include a missing jury member mistakenly omitted from the Glenn Gould Foundation’s initial announcement.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. He has worked as a senior editor for over fifteen years and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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