World famous musicians can be provocative as UQ music students learned when three time Grammy Award winning flautist Tim Munro returned to his alma mater to “jab, prod and provoke” them into new ways of thinking about music and performance.
Mr Munro is the inaugural Paula and Tony Kinnane Scholar in Residence – a program that creates practical training experiences and opportunities for UQ music students.
Mr Munro, who is now based in Chicago, rose to prominence as flautist and co-artistic director of the chamber ensemble ‘Eighth Blackbird’. He left the group in 2015 after nine years and three Grammy wins.
Last year he made his New York solo debut at the Miller Theatre, which Limelight magazine described as “a daring program showcasing the flute’s theatrical and performative aspects”.
“UQ is my alma mater, and I am thankful for any way I can give back to an institution that helped stoke my passion for music and allowed me to build a foundation that kick-started my career,” Mr Munro said.
During his residency at UQ Mr Munro worked with students, gave key note addresses and performed in concert.
Mr Munro said his work - whether as a flautist, speaker, writer or teacher had a single focus: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world.
“I want to give students a different perspective on what they are training for - to bring out the big feelings, drama and theatre of music and how it can really communicate to an audience,” he said.
The generous gifting of late UQ Music supporters Paula and Tony Kinnane funds the Scholar in Residence, scholarships for regional art and music students and UQ Art Museum internships, providing students with gallery and museum skills.