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 flavour, our purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.
From our home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, we reach out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Our 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 our exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.
Three blockbuster tours including world premieres by Australians Kate Moore and Nigel Westlake make up our 2019 National Season which sees masterful performances of classic repertoire juxtaposed with fresh discoveries that speak to our Australian identity. Built around monumental works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives, Sibelius and Debussy, the three tours draw aesthetic connections between these past masters and contemporary composers. Australian artists Kate Moore and Nigel Westlake complete the ASQ’s National Season programs with brand
new commissions for the Quartet.
Looking beyond, we are collaborating with acclaimed singer-songwriter Katie Noonan to record and perform a program of works by ten Australian composers, based on the distinctive poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Our annual ASQ Festivals, Margaret River Weekend of Music and Dunkeld Festival of Music will feature the artistry of special guest musicians, Li-Wei Qin (cello) and Konstantin Shamray (piano) and the launch of ASQ’s first international weekend of music will extend our reach to New Zealand’s breathtaking Central Otago region. We are also excited to be extending our education programs and Close Quarters series to more metropolitan and regional areas across Australia.
At home in South Australia, we continue our work as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with projects including our annual ASQ Day at Elder, and performances as part of the Elder Hall Lunchtime Concert series. Mornings at UKARIA will continue to bring the sounds of the string quartet to the beautiful landscape of the Adelaide Hills and a collaboration with didgeridoo master William Barton will celebrate NAIDOC Week at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
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 Violincello, Piacenza ‘ Ngeringa’
*Currently on parental leave