quartet members

Flinders Quartet is

TBA (violin)   Nicholas Waters (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

 Helen Ireland, viola

Helen Ireland, viola


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.


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 has continued this legacy by teaching at The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, The University of Tasmania, The Australian Youth Orchestra, The Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society, as well as other masterclasses and workshops.

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 continues with recordings for ABC, concerts throughout Australia and the release of five CDs on the MOVE label. She has been praised for her “thrilling tenor sound” (Limelight Magazine), “sublime phrasing”, and “many great technical demands which Knighton carried off with ease.”

Zoe continues to freelance with Melbourne’s orchestras and is a regular panelist for national and international competitions.

Zoe is a founding member of Flinders Quartet.

 Zoe Knighton, cello

Zoe Knighton, cello