Australian String Quartet

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, their purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Their distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

ASQ’s 2018 program is rich with exciting opportunities. Alongside their National Season, they continue their successful flagship festivals in the Southern Grampians, Victoria and Western Australia’s Margaret River and pilot a new mini-festival on the north-coast of New South Wales. Among other highlights, 2018 welcomes international tours to China and Europe; regional and metropolitan residencies; Australian recording initiatives; intimate Close Quarters gigs in unique spaces across the country; and the continuation of their successful morning series at UKARIA Cultural Centre.

ASQ’s 2018 program of activity includes: association with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the Metropolis New Music Festival, collaboration with the Port Fairy Spring Festival to celebrate the Songlines of this country through the inspirational ‘Quartet and Country’ project; and partnership with Jumpgate VR on the development of their new ASQ digital platform.

See Australian String Quartet perform for the first time with Sydney Dance Company this October in Forever & Ever, where they will perform Bryce Dressner’s score for Rafael Bonachela’s multi-award winning Frame of Mind, live. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin.
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza.
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin.
Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’.