In 2016 Melbourne Youth Orchestras will be hosting a Masterclass Series, comprising of four Masterclasses, each focusing on different instruments and rehearsal techniques, presented at different venues around Victoria.
The third Masterclass of 2016 focused on the Cello and was held at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud Secondary College, featuring cellist, Zoe Knighton. In this Masterclass, Zoe guided students through key aspects of instrumental performance, in front of a live audience – both in person and online. Both live and online audiences had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Zoe on any aspects of cello performance.
Date: Monday 29 August 2016, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud Secondary College, Victoria, 3939
Cellist Zoe Knighton is at the fore of a new generation of performer intent on forging an innovative path for the enjoyment of “classical” music. A founding member of Flinders Quartet, she has toured internationally through Sweden, Canada and the UK and appears regularly at Australian festivals as well as Flinders’ own celebrated subscription series. In 2008, Zoe founded the Melbourne Chamber Feast, a biannual festival celebrating the wealth of chamber music talent in Melbourne, and in 2009 was the Artistic Director of the Montsalvat twenty-concert series.
With duo partner Amir Farid, she has released two CDs on the MOVE label (Mendelssohn Cello and Argentine Cello) with the complete Beethoven works to be released in 2012. Zoe and Amir perform throughout Australia for Musica Viva and other concert presenters, and have been broadcast live on ABC FM and 3MBS FM.
“A persuasive partnership…elegant and warm-blooded.” Clive O’Connell – The Age
Having studied at The University of Melbourne with Nelson Cooke and The University of Tasmania with Christian Wojtowicz, Zoe herself is a passionate pedagogue. She and Flinders Quartet are regular tutors for the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Mount Buller Chamber Music Summer School. Zoe coaches chamber music and cello studies at the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne where in 2008, she was Acting Co-ordinator of Strings. She has been guest lecturer at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and guest principal cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Zoe plays with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.