« Glenn Gould, the iconic Canadian classical pianist, writer, composer, conductor and broadcaster, would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, September 25th, 2022. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, The Glenn Gould Foundation has programmed GlennGould@90, a series of free events starting September 17th honouring Canada’s futuristic musical maverick.
Despite his untimely death 40 years ago, Gould’s legacy as one of the most famous and celebrated pianists of the 20th century – a phenomenal, enigmatic and eccentric musical genius – continues to grow and attract legions of fans around the world. Glenn Gould’s career-launching 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations is the best-selling solo classical instrumental album of all time and has never been out of release since it first dropped. Gould became « the first Canadian in Space » when his recording of the first Prelude from Book I of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was included on the « Golden Record » launched in 1977 aboard the Voyager 1 Space probe, now in interstellar space and currently 14.612 billion miles from Earth . . . and climbing!.. »