Maryvonne Kendergi

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Maryvonne Kendergi
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Kendergi in 1988
Born15 August 1915 (1915-08-15)
Died27 September 2011 (2011-09-28) (aged 96)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Maryvonne Kendergi or Kendergian, OC CQ (15 August 1915 – 27 September 2011) was a Canadian writer, professor, musicologist, pianist, and Québécois commentator.


Kendergi was born 15 August 1915 in Aintab, Aleppo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire. She grew up in Syria, then moved to France. At the Sorbonne, she studied and gained an advanced degree in 1942.[1][2] She moved to Canada in 1952,[2] and became a Canadian citizen in 1960.

For ten years she hosted radio programs on contemporary music on Radio-Canada and also appeared regularly on television.[1][2] She taught at the Université de Montréal.[1] She played an important role in the founding of the Quebec Contemporary Music Society in 1966.[3] She was a past president of the Canadian Music Council.[4]

Kendergi was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1980, and promoted to an Officer of the Order in 1992.[4] She was made a Chevalier in the Order of Quebec in 1985.[5]


Kendergi died on 27 September 2011[4] in Montreal, Quebec.[6]



  1. ^ a b c "Maryvonne Kendergi – la musique en partage". Radio Canada. Archived from the original on 2 November 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Rochon, Pierre; Thomas, Suzanne. "Maryvonne Kendergi". Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Historica Canada. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  3. ^ "History & Mandate". Quebec Contemporary Music Society. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Maryvonne Kendergi, O.C., C.Q., L.ès.Mus., D.Mus., m.s.r.c." The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Maryvonne Kendergi (1915–2011) Chevalière (1985)". Ordre National du Québec (in French). Gouvernement du Québec. May 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2012. Babel Fish translated page here.
  6. ^ "Maryvonne Kendergi est morte" [Maryvonne Kendergi Is Dead]. Radio-Canada (in French). Radio-Canada. 30 September 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2012. Google Translate page here.