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,
“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.
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!