A Q&A with Zoe Knighton from Flinders Quartet
What is your goal/s for your Local Heroes series in 2016?
To bring great music to life and to make sure the audience has the most vivid musical experience possible.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living in the moment and cherishing everything around me - colours, smells, wonderful company and of course, great music.
What do you think about when you perform live?
We all strive to have the music totally filling our minds and our bodies - a totally immersive experience!
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?
Hard to say, but the one I admire most is Pablo Casals because he was still practising until well over 90 because he thought "he was still making progress." He also famously said, "the love of one's country is a splendid thing, but why should love stop at the border?"
Where is your favourite place on Earth and why?
Where my family is. They make anything I am doing more meaningful.
If you could swap places with any other human or animal who or what would you choose and why?
I consider myself so fortunate to have the life I have. I wouldn't swap with anyone! (Although our cats do get very spoilt, maybe it would be fun being a cat for a day.)
Who is your ideal audience?
One that comes with open ears, an open mind and an open heart. Ready for anything!
What colours speak to you? Have you ever experienced synaesthesia?
I've never experienced it, but I love the way colours react when they are next to each other. I generally love the clothes designed for kids and wish they would make them in adult sizes.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Julian Burnside for his unfailing support of everything that matters. His vision is truly extraordinary.
What is your favourite book and why?
The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten or Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy. Or Blowing My Own Trumpet by James Morrison. Do I have to pick just one? Oh dear.
What is your favourite piece of music and why?
Too hard a question! I always get goose bumps in Schubert’s cello quintet, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, any Beethoven quartet ... the list is endless. Can I be difficult and say whatever I am playing or listening to at the time?
How did you come to play your instrument/s?
We had the opportunity to play a string instrument at school and my sister already played the violin, so I got the cello! I was lucky that my first teacher was extraordinary and I wanted to keep learning so I could just hang out with her (thanks Jill Kahans!).