Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers launched
Last night’s concert by the Goldner String Quartet and Ian Munro was notable not only for being the first concert of their current tour, not only for marking the world premiere of Munro’s Piano Quintet no 2, but also for being the Kenneth W Tribe Tribute Concert. In many ways there could not have been a more fitting way to honour Ken Tribe, who was for many years Musica Viva’s Artistic Director, and also its Patron until his death in 2010.
Ken Tribe encouraged the formation of the Goldner String Quartet, but he also believed in the importance of supporting Australian composers and commissioned many new works himself. And so it is fitting that last night, coinciding with the premiere of a new Australian work, the establishment of the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers was announced. Ken Tribe himself left a generous gift to Musica Viva in his estate for the express purpose of supporting and developing Australian composers.
With this commitment to Australian music, and the celebration of Ian Munro as both performer and Featured Composer, it seems fitting also that as an encore the Goldners and Ian performed a movement from Ian’s first piano quintet: …in which M. Satie daydreams of a Rosicrucian hymn from Divertissement sur le nom d’Erik Satie.