On the Couch with Zoe Knighton

Zoe Knighton Arts Review On the CouchWho is Zoe Knighton?
A Cellist with Flinders Quartet and allround music enthusiast. I love anything to do with the creation of great music.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d definitely be more organised and try and get more sleep. Career wise, I’ve always liked photography. I think it comes from trying to capture a perfect moment, because that is what I love about performing – those special moments.

Who inspires you and why?
Musicians who play from their heart.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Ooooh – fun! Now, if I had a magic wand, and could erase all war, hatred and every environmental concern facing our planet, that would be great wouldn’t it? I have thought about this a great deal and have come to the realisation that our actions have the possibility of affecting those we come in contact with in a positive way. From now on, I’m not going to underestimate the little decisions I have at my disposal every day.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
This has made me realise that I have had embarrassingly few holidays! Tours seem to masquerade as getaways, yet there is a noticeable lack of lazing on beaches and indulgent lunches. I’m was trying not to be clichéd but without success. I’m going to have to go with Noosa, or if it’s closer to home –  Blairgowrie.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
These days everything seems to be about the kids, and there is lots to do with them in Melbourne. We always seem to wind up at the NGV. Kids love it and if we’re lucky, we even get to see some great art as well.

What are you currently reading?
Music for Silenced Voices by Wendy Lesser, as well as re-reading Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy. (It’s not normally so music centric, but I do like to have one fiction and one non-fiction on the go.)

What are you currently listening to?
Guastavino songs sung by Teresa Berganza. Just magic.

Happiness is?
Living in the moment and savouring the delicious ones.

What does the future hold for you?
A lot of music to learn! Many late night practise sessions, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Zoe will be performing at the Abbotsford Convent’s Music in the Round on Sunday 4 September 2016. For more information, visit: www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au for details.

Image: Zoe Knighton