For 35 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’s 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.

Six masterworks by Beethoven, Dutilleux, Dvořák, Janáček and Mozart, as well as two world premieres of new Australian music by Anne Cawrse and Ross Edwards, and a tour with acclaimed pianist Konstantin Shamray make up our three major National Tours in 2020.

Looking beyond, our ground-breaking Close Quarters series continues with more compelling partnerships and our regional festivals travel again to Dunkeld and Margaret River, and for the very first time, to the shire of Dungog in New South Wales.

We are thrilled to join creative forces with Sydney Dance Company for a brand new work, and in the 250th year since the great composer’s birth, Beethoven is celebrated with a series of special events across the country including special performances at the Perth Festival, and with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

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 the annual ASQ Day at Elder, and performances as part of the Elder Hall Lunchtime Concert series, and Mornings at UKARIA will continue to bring the sounds of the string quartet to the beautiful landscape of the Adelaide Hills.

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’