Glenn Gould


Birthday September 25, 1932

Birth Sign Libra

Birthplace Toronto, Canada

DEATH DATE Oct 4, 1982 (50)

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Classical pianist from Canada who won international acclaim, especially for his mastery of Johann Sebastian Bach's keyboard music.

Before Fame

His first public performance was in 1945 at which he played the organ. He performed his first solo recital in 1947, followed by his first radio recital in 1950. He would become the first North American to play in the Soviet Union after World War II in 1957.


He often hummed as he played the piano, a habit that gave numerous headaches to recording engineers at studio sessions.

Family Life

His mother was determined that he would be a talented musician, so she played music all through her pregnancy. He met Cornelia Foss and her husband in 1956, and she eventually became his lover.

Associated With

He called himself the last puritan, a nickname he based off the title of the classic novel by George Santayana.