quartet members

Flinders Quartet is

Nicholas Waters (violin) Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba (violin)
Helen Ireland (viola)   Zoe Knighton (cello)


Melbourne-born, Nicholas graduated from ANAM’s Professional Performance Program in 2016 whilst also an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO). He received the E. V. Llewellyn Memorial Award for Overseas Study in 2016, taking lessons with Prof. David Takeno in London and Prof. Oliver Wille in Hanover. He won the Bach Prize in the 2015 Kendall National Violin Competition, and toured China with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a 2014 Fellow.

Nicholas is a founding member of Affinity Collective and also performs with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, ACO Collective and Momentum Ensemble.

Nicholas Water, violin

Nicholas Water, violin

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, violin

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, violin


Thibaud, an Australian-French violinist, was born in Tasmania. He began playing the violin after receiving it as his fifth birthday present. He studied in Tasmania under Peter Tanfield and he also attended the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Paul Wright and Bill Hennessy.

He has performed with the Tasmanian and Sydney symphony orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 he was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Zoë Black and Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. He continued to tour with the ACO for the next years and joined the Orchestra as a part-time musician in 2016.

Thibaud won the audience choice prize at the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio in 2014. He has played with members of the Brodsky Quartet, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt and Anthony Marwood. He has also performed at many festivals around Australia as well as touring nationally with the Sydney Dance Company.


Originally from Adelaide, Helen has made Melbourne her home since moving in 2000 to attend the Australian National Academy of Music. Helen is also a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and teaches viola at Melbourne University. A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Helen was awarded the Erica Haas prize for chamber music. She participated in several Australian Youth Orchestra tours, becoming principal viola of the Camerata in 1998. In 1996, Helen was a finalist in the viola competition at the International Winter School for Strings.  Helen has worked with many leading Australian orchestras, including the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She plays regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria where she has been guest principal and associate principal.  Helen is qualified as a Feldenkrais practitioner and looks forward to helping other musicians with this work.

Helen is a founding member of Flinders Quartet.

Helen Ireland, viola

Helen Ireland, viola

Zoe Knighton, cello

Zoe Knighton, cello


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.

“Knighton has produced a reading of great artistic integrity.” Gordon Kerry  

“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