Tribute to Glenn Gould

A Weekend in Canada
CONCERT / AUDITORIUM / A Weekend in Canada
Saturday 7 October at 8.30pm


Start: 8.30pm
Duration: 1hr15min


General public
Season ticket holders €20.00 / Full rate

You are here


Commemoration of Glenn Gould 1st international recital on January 1955

This event is part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and coincides with the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth, and re-creates his first international recital, January 4, 1955 at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. which was followed a few days later by his debut in New York at Town Hall.

The next day, Gould was signed to an exclusive recording contract by Columbia Records (now Sony Classical), and he stayed with that record label for the rest of his life. You might also mention that this is the 35th anniversary of Gould’s death on October 4, 1982.


The Phillips Collection celebrates the US debut of Glenn Gould. Toronto-born pianist Stewart Goodyear, in his Washington, DC, premiere, presents a reenactment of Gould’s iconic 1955 program. This commemorative concert replicates Gould's original program. An essay in the printed program by former Washington Post chief music critic Tim Page introduces this momentous occasion, and a reception follows.

[Glenn Gould] gave the recital in Washington: Sweelinck, Gibbons, Bach. Paul Hume of The Washington Post was there. Hours later, Hume filed a piece for the next day’s paper. “January 2 is early for predictions,” he allowed, “but it is unlikely that the year 1955 will bring us a finer piano recital than that played yesterday afternoon at the Phillips Gallery. We shall be lucky if it brings us others of equal beauty and significance,”Unstintingly, he concluded: “Gould is a pianist with rare gifts for the world. It must not long be delayed hearing and according him the honor and audience he deserves. We know of no pianist anything like him of any age.

Excerpt from Paul Elie, Reinventing Bach (2012)


  • Stewart GOODYEAR, piano

In partnership with the Glenn Gould Foundation.

© 2017 STEWART


  • Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
    Pavane for the Earl of Salisbury
  • J. P. Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    Fantasia Chromatica, SwWV 258
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Five Sinfonias :
    E minor
    F Major
    G minor
    B-flat Major
    D minor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Partita No. 5 in G Major
  • Anton Webern (1883-1945)
    Variations for Piano, Op. 27
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
  • Alban Berg (1885-1935)
    Sonata (in one movement), Op. 1


Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world , including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Goodyear began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his master's at The Juilliard School. Known as an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Goodyear performed all 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas in one day at Koerner Hall, McCarter Theatre, and the Mondavi Center. His recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas has received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording. In June and July 2014, he performed the complete sonatas in four three-hour programs at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York.

In partnership with

You will probably like these experiences...


    A Weekend in Canada

    Sunday 8 October 3.30pm and 5.30pm
    Audiovisual performance & tasting  / Full rate €8.00 - Season ticket holders €6.40 is an audiovisual performance that explores the sonic, visual and symbolic potential of the wine glass. Through live manipulations, the performer composes a musical and luminous scene made out of resonances and debris, catalyzing that peculiar tension associated with anticipated destruction.


  • Canada, a land of Great Wines

    A Weekend in Canada

    Saturday 7 October at 6.30pm
    Commented tasting / Full rate €12.00 - Season ticket holders €9.60


  • Discovering Canadian vineyards

    A Weekend in Canada

    Saturday 7 October at 4.30pm
    Screening & meeting / Free, ticket available on site entry subject to availability


  • Exceptional ice wine tasting

    A Weekend in Canada

    Friday 6 October at 7pm
    Masterclass & tasting / Full rate €35.00 - Season ticket holders €28.00

    In the run-up to this Canada weekend, Véronique Rivest (Canada’s Best Sommelier in 2006 and 2012) invites you to discover a wealth of exceptional wines: the famous ice wines produced from grapes harvested while frozen.