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THE SCOOP | American Jazz Musician Named Winner Of The 
Glenn Gould Protégé Prize

By Michael Vincent on January 10, 2019

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Jessye Norman names jazz singer and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant, as the recipient of The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize. (Photo: Mark Fitton)

The Glenn Gould Foundation have today announced jazz singer and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant, as the recipient of The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize.

The Glenn Gould Protégé Prize is given to an outstanding young artist who shows the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to enriching the human condition through the arts, such as that exhibited by the young Glenn Gould. The prize is selected exclusively by winners Glenn Gould Prize, who in April 2018, was American opera singer Jessye Norman. The Protégé Prize comes with a cash prize of $15,000 (CAD).

In a press release statement, Norman described Salvant as, “a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality which light up every note she sings. There is an intense, yet quiet confidence in her music-making that I find compelling and thoroughly enjoyable.”

“I was awestruck when I found out Jessye Norman chose me for the Glenn Gould protégé award,” said Cécile McLorin Salvant. “Jessye Norman is iconic, one of my idols for as long as I can remember, and I am so grateful to her for the incredible sound, artistry, and poetry she has brought to the world. Gould and Norman are absolutely reasons to get up in the morning.”

Salvant is a laureate of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Her album For One To Love won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2016.

Both Norman and Salvant will receive their awards at a gala event on February 20, 2019, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, where she will be presented with the Protégé Prize by Jessye Norman and Viggo Mortensen, Chair of The Glenn Gould Prize Jury. Features performances by the COC Orchestra, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and mezzo Wallis Giunta.

Past Protégé Prize winners include Timo Andres (2016), Gustavo Dudamel (2009), Jean-Guihen Queyras (2002), Wu Man (1999), Tan Dun (1996), and Benny Green (1993).

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Updated to clarify that Viggo Mortensen, Chair of The Glenn Gould Prize Jury is one of the presenters, and to include a subsequent statement by Cécile McLorin Salvant.

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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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