Four Italian Masterpieces

The members of the Australian String Quartet are privileged to perform on a matched set of Guadagnini instruments. Hand crafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 -1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy, these exquisite Italian instruments were brought together through the vision of Ulrike Klein AO. The instruments are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein AO and UKARIA.

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’.

Media coverage :

“Foundation adds rare strings to ASQ’s bow” Rebecca Puddy, The Australian, 24 May 2012

“Four fabulous rarities bridge the centuries” Wendy Frew, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2012

“Pulling some strings for $6m violins” Louise Nunn, The Advertiser, 23 May 2012