Episode 1 Guest Mentor: cellist Zoe Knighton

Our second guest mentor for Episode 1 is cellist Zoe Knighton!

“After starting cello at the age of nine with Jill Kahans, and graduating from the University of Melbourne with the highest mark of her year, Zoe went on to establish herself as one of the country’s most sought after cellists. Having studied with Christian Wojtowicz, Michel Strauss (Paris) Nelson Cooke, and Angela Seargeant, she is now in demand as chamber coach and teacher at various institutions. A regular panelist for major competitions, Zoe combines many facets of her career with performing.

Zoe has played numerous concertos with Melbourne Orchestras and with pianist Amir Farid, made an impressive debut at the Melbourne Recital Centre to great critical acclaim in 2009. Their partnership has resulted in recordings for ABC, concerts throughout Australia and the release of five CDs on the MOVE label. Zoe and Amir will reunite in 2020 with performances in New York and throughout Australia.

Zoe has been praised for her “thrilling tenor sound” (Limelight Magazine), “sublime phrasing” and “many great technical demands carried off with ease.” She has released three other titles on the MOVE label, including the complete suites for solo cello by J.S Bach.

Zoe is a founding member of Flinders Quartet and plays a 2020 Rainer Beilharz cello made in Castlemaine, Victoria, and a Michael Taylor bow made in 2012. Zoe has been following Rainer’s cello making for a number of years. After falling in love with the deep, characterful sound and choosing to make this cello her own, Rainer revealed that he had made it with her in mind.”

Tune in to Episode 1 of The Talent at 7pm, this Tuesday 3 August! Listen to the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au or on 103.5FM. If you miss it, make sure you catch up later on our podcast!


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