Piano Recital: Mary Kenedi
When: November 10, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Where: The CMC BC Region, BC Creative Hub (837 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Cost: $15, $10 for student
Song from Hary Janos Zoltan Kodaly ( arr. Andor Foldes)
Dances of Marosszek Zoltan Kodaly
Fantasia in Sol Nino Rota
Sonata for Piano (rev.2011) Michael Conway Baker
Mephisto Waltz No. 1 Franz Liszt
Piano Sonata (2006): Michael Horwood
About Mary Kenedi
Mary Kenedi made her brilliant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in April 1983 in a programme of works by Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Mozart, Chopin and a new Canadian work written for her.
Ms. Kenedi’s family emigrated from Hungary to Canada as refugees during the revolution. She studied in Toronto with Mona Bates and continued her studies with Pierre Souvairan. A trip to Hungary ensued, where she worked with actual students of Bartók at the first Bartók Seminar in Budapest, followed by a year of studies at the Liszt Academy. On returning to Toronto, she achieved her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music from the University of Toronto.
Mary Kenedi has performed for CBC, at the St. Lawrence Centre, the National Library in Ottawa, the Richmond Gateway Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, in Tucson and Yuma in Arizona, and many other venues. In March 1993 she organized an 80th birthday celebration for John Weinzweig, together with the Canadian Music Centre. She also performed in this concert, which was broadcast live on Arts National, CBC-FM and issued as a CD on the Centrediscs label.
Ms. Kenedi has commissioned, premiered, performed and recorded Canadian contemporary composers on her label “Echiquier”. She also commissioned and performed concerti with the Sault Symphony, the Niagara Symphony and the Windsor Symphony. Since August of 1997, she has been actively involved in fundraising concerts for the former summer home of Bartók, on Saranac Lake, and in August of 1998, she toured Australia and New Zealand. In March of 1999, Ms. Kenedi was invited by the Hungarian Ambassador to perform at the National Gallery in Ottawa at a gala dinner for Jean Chretien, the Prime Minister, to celebrate the joining of NATO by Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2002, she presented a concert at Eckhart Grammate Hall in Winnipeg, and in Toronto played the Mozart Concerto in d minor with the York Symphony.
In April of 2005, she played the European premiere of Australian composer Michael Easton’s Concerto with the North Czech Philharmonic under Charles Olivieri-Munroe in Teplice, as well as playing solo recitals in Prague and Budapest. The concerto was recorded both on CD and DVD.
In September/06 she played an all-Hungarian program for CBC, in October she performed the opening concert for the commemorative celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution held at the National Arts Centre. In November she repeated the Easton Concerto with Mr. Olivieri-Munroe in Debrecen, Hungary and played a solo recital in the Bartók Memorial House in Budapest.
Ms. Kenedi owns her own record label “Echiquier” on which she has issued two recordings of Bartók’s music, Kodály’ complete piano works and three all-Canadian CDs to rave reviews both nationally and internationally. A CD of Bloch’s “Scherzo Fantasque”, Bartók’s “Rhapsody Op. and Michael Easton’s
“A Voice Not Stilled” has been released in 2009.
In the fall of 2010 she recorded solo and chamber works of Nino Rota for Naxos. She will be touring western Canada with contemporary Canadian works in November 2011. She has commissioned a Choral Fantasy through the OAC, for the Amadeus Choir and the Iseler Singers for performance in February/12.
Ms. Kenedi teaches piano and is director of the North Toronto Institute of Music.
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