Congratulations to Cdn playwright, actor & director #RobertLepage on being awarded the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize. A true artistic innovator.-- jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) February 21, 2013
Besides the $50,000 that comes along with the award, the prestigious nature of the prize itself surrounds honoring "an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts".
Upon accepting the award, which is often regarded as the "Nobel Prize of the Arts", Robert said, "I am deeply honoured by this prestigious and generous accolade. As I know Glenn Gould did, I believe there is such a thing as a culture of the North and as I was walking to work this morning trying to fight my way through the heavy blizzard that had invaded my fair city, I could somewhat sense his presence in the howling wind and the vanishing footsteps I was clumsily following in the snow."
Robert is one of Canada's most renowned theatre producers. His most recent success comes from his work in opera as director of the new production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle at New York City's Metropolitan Opera. He also owns the production company Ex-Machina, based in Québéc, that has put out multiple award-winning shows including Cirque du Soleil.
The Glenn Gould Prize pays tribute to the late Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, his legacy and contribution to the arts and is awarded by The Glenn Gould Foundation every two years since 2011 (it used to be awarded every three years beginning in 1987). Past winners are R. Murray Schafer (1987), Yehudi Menuhin (1990), Oscar Peterson (1993), Toru Takemitsu (1996), Yo-Yo Ma (1999), Pierre Boulez (2002), André Previn (2005), José Antonio Abreu (2008) and Leonard Cohen (2011).