Emma Knights

Emma Knights with a keyboard

Thanks for visiting! I am Emma Knights and here is where you can read a little bit more about me!

I am a freelance musician, pianist, singer, producer, composer, creator and curator living in South Australia with my two awesome pets! Growing up with a dad who is a piano teacher meant that I was inspired by music from a very early age. The first performance I recall was playing the right hand of Away in a Manger at church when I was four! Since then I have graduated from both the Elder Conservatorium and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in classical piano performance and contemporary music.

I make my career predominantly in my hometown of Adelaide working as a soloist, accompanist (of choirs, improvised theatre, contemporary dance, classical ballet including free work, ISTD ballet syllabus exams, cabaret shows, festivals, instrumentalists and vocalists), an award-winning music director, orchestra pit musician and repetiteur. I currently accompany three groups for Sing Australia, as well as the Birds of a Feather choir, and have been working for both the Catholic Schools Festival of Music and the Primary Schools Festival of Music for many years. I have performed in many restaurants, cafes, cinemas and pubs Australia wide, have won Eisteddfods, and collaborated with and recorded other artists compositions as well as having my own music available on iTunes and CDBaby. My Christmas Pageant song has been performed numerous times at South Australia’s Christmas Pageant!

“She accompanies Doherty with sensitivity and the sort of prescience that only fine accompanists ever achieve.” Pat Wilson

 

Not
averse to also playing a character, I have been a professional piano playing
robot for Opera Queensland’s educational tour of Queensland (and subsequent
performances within my own company) and my character in Vintage Vendetta’s
Two Dames, a Piano and a Whole Lot of Giggle Water is much-loved. I have also
toured internationally with my one-woman show, The Piano Men, Vintage Vendetta’s
Bailey Dolls and, in 2017, I was an invited accompanist to the International
Congress of Vocal Teachers in Sweden. I have worked with the education team at
State Opera of South Australia for their vacation care program and educational
program launch.

Chris Daniels and I at LIVE on 5
when Peter Combe took to the stage!
Roland the Robot in Space Encounters

I
curated (and co-produced with Chris
Daniels Productions
) the
Adelaide Fringe Hub LIVE on 5 at the Adelaide Oval in 2017 with 7 stages with
over 150 acts across 14 days. I also curated the initial year of the Fringe Hub
at the National Wine Centre in 2018 selling over 7500 tickets in its first year.
I have produced and performed shows for Out of the Square (Come Together Band and
Emma Knights Productions children shows) and Something on Saturday with
Adelaide Festival Centre (Space Encounters and Tales of Adventure)
programs in South Australia.

I have won several awards for my work as a musical director and for Emma Knights Productions creations. In 2013 I began my own production company, Emma Knights Productions, with the vision to create jobs and opportunities for artists in South Australia as well as unique music based experiences for audiences. It has been a wild ride so far!

I love working with other musicians on their musicianship and interpretations, cabaret shows, audition prep, exams and for auditions so please feel free to get in touch through the contact us page. I am also available to hire for weddings (solo piano, piano and voice or party band) and other corporate events. To get in touch click here!

Thank you for visiting, I hope to meet you soon!

Emma