Mary Kenedi made her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1983 with works by Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Mozart, Chopin and a new Canadian composition written for her.
Ms. Kenedi specializes in Hungarian music, particularly the works of Béla Bartók, and is an impressive advocate of contemporary Canadian works which she commissions, performs and records. Ms. Kenedi makes it her mission to disseminate lesser-known repertoire worldwide.
In September 2006 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.In the fall of 2010 she recorded solo and chamber works of Nino Rota for Naxos, a CD that will be released in 2012. She played in Prague, and toured 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 2013.
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 April, 2012, Ms. Kenedi is performing the piano part in Orchestra Toronto’s concert featuring “Albireo Mode”, a soprano Saxophone concerto by Takashi Yoshimatsu. In June/12, she is performing a solo recital in the “Midday with Shigeru” series in Barrie.
A new CD of the chamber music of Nino Rota, on the Naxos label has been released in April/13. Ms. Kenedi has also obtained a commissioning grant for a Concerto for Piano and Percussion by Kevin Lau, to be premiered in 2014.
Ms. Kenedi teaches piano and is director of the North Toronto Institute of Music.