Zoe Knighton is a founding member and Artistic Director of Flinders Quartet, one of Australia’s finest chamber ensembles.
The group has commissioned many works, been nominated for an ARIA for best classical album and continues to be a champion of Australian Chamber music. “Flinders Quartet… whose players give such care and unanimity of musical thought to Australian Chamber Music” (Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald)
Zoe started the cello at the age of 9 with Jill Kahans before learning from Christian Wojtowicz, Michel Strauss (Paris) Nelson Cooke, and Angela Sargeant, she is now in demand as chamber coach and teacher at various institutions.
She has released 10 CDs on the MOVE label, 7 with duo partner Amir Farid and been praised for her “thrilling tenor sound”. (Limelight magazine) “She radiates confidence in her work and participates with personality and no little finesse. “Well worth hearing for the pleasure given through this player’s familiar warmth and honesty of musical character.” (Clive O’Connell). Together with Farid, they have performed and broadcast widely and give their Carnegie Hall debut in April, 2023.
Zoe is artistic patron of Resonance String Ensemble in Woodend and plays on a 2020 cello made by Australian instrument maker Rainer Beilharz and a 1780 cello by Benjamin Banks. In order to maintain conversations with her children, she finds herself a proud supporter of Hawthorn Football Club, Yarraville Seddon Eagles, Westage Imperial and Footscray Hawks basketball teams and Footscray City gymnastics.