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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 177

Nicolas Koudriavtzeff fonds.  - 1917-1976.  - 3 m of textual records.  - 839 photographs.  - 31 slides.  - 45 negatives. 

Biographical sketch
Impresario born near Odessa in the Ukraine who emigrated to Canada around 1943.  During that period, he founded the Canadian Concerts & Artists Inc. in Montréal, and American-Canadian Concerts & Artists in New York, of which he was president and general manager. Koudriavtzeff brought to this country the leading ballet troupes (Bolshoï, Kirov, Royal Ballet, Béjart), the most celebrated opera and theatre companies (Metropolitan Opera, Peking Opera, Compagnie Madeleine Renaud-Jean-Louis Barrault, Comédie française) and the most renowned artists (Witold Malcuzynski, Lily Pons, David Oistrakh, Gérard Philipe, Maurice Chevalier).  In 1973 he was made a member of the Order of Canada. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records illustrating Koudriavtzeff's career as an impresario:  awards; correspondence; financial statements; artists files consisting of correspondence, legal and financial records, concert programmes, promotional material and press clippings; photographs, slides and negatives of personalities in the music world and musical events. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Rita Ouimet Koudriavtzeff, the impresario's widow, in 1987, 1988 and 1992. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description of the second accession. 

Proactive Disclosure