Vale, Dr. Milan Kantor OAM
Philanthropist, businessman and passionate music lover, Dr Milan Kantor OAM has sadly passed away at the age of 93.
Born in the Czech Republic, Milan trained as a concert pianist which fuelled his life-long love of music. After immigrating to Australia, Milan met and married Anne Kantor AO, daughter of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE and embarked on a successful business career. He retained strong links with his homeland and was the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Melbourne until his passing.
With Anne, whom he is pictured with above, he was a generous supporter of many cultural, human rights, education and health causes, but it was chamber music that nourished him most. He was a longstanding supporter of Musica Viva and Melbourne Recital Centre and would rarely miss a concert, especially one that included the works of Bedrich Smetana, his favourite composer.
With Anne and their children, Milan was a Founding Benefactor of Melbourne Recital Centre. Together they established its Endowment Fund in 2007, which now enables a vibrant artistic program of over 600 concerts, artist development and access activities involving nearly 360 Australian ensembles each year. Anne and Milan’s foresight and generosity has ensured the Centre will be an important nurturer of Australian music for generations to come.
While preparing our 10th Anniversary Concert Guide recently, we had the opportunity to speak with Milan and Anne about the place of music in their lives.
Milan said, “Chamber music is a gift. It is internalised and becomes a part of one. To participate, to be a witness to this unbelievably intimate expression of music… well I started to listen, I introduced Anne to it and we’ve never stopped listening.”