ASQ Brisbane Residency

Published On: Sun 09 July

The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) is excited to be in Brisbane for a week-long residency from 9-14 July 2017. Delivered in partnership with the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU), the residency showcases the Quartet’s commitment to broadening engagement with Queensland audiences. The diverse program of activity includes workshops and master classes with tertiary students at QCGU, where the Quartet will be based for the week. As part of the ASQ’s charter to develop and mentor young musicians, the Quartet will also work with secondary students at St Peters Lutheran College and Ferny Grove State High School during this period.

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. The Quartet comprising, Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew, violins, Stephen King, viola and Sharon Grigoryan, cello, is dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character.

Brisbane has played a large part in the artistic development of the ASQ’s current line-up, with two of the four members, Stephen King and Francesca Hiew, having pursued their tertiary studies in music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University over the years.

Queensland-born Quartet members, Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew maintain especially close ties to the community in Brisbane. Dale Barltrop, an alumnus of Ferny Grove State High School, is looking forward to re-connecting with his former school community during this residency period.

Brisbane family audiences will have the opportunity to hear the ASQ perform alongside students in a combined community concert presented by St Peters Lutheran College at Indooroopilly on Wednesday 12 July, 6.30 – 9pm.

For a more intimate up-late experience, the ASQ is excited to launch its inaugural Queensland Close Quarters series at Brisbane’s favourite vintage treasure boutique – Can You Keep a Secret? on Friday 14 July from 8-9pm. Taking chamber music back to its roots, Close Quartersis an hour of music and conversation bringing the intimacy and power of string quartet music to small spaces.

The ASQ’s Brisbane residency will be followed by the Quartet’s performance on 12 August for its Homeward national tour featuring music by Britten, Paul Stanhope and Dvořák. With an exciting and diverse mix of performances in store for Brisbane audiences in July and August, the ASQ is looking forward to broadening its Brisbane engagement.

For further information about the ASQ Brisbane Residency and upcoming Brisbane events visit the website at or phone 1800 040 444 for details.



Presented by St Peters Lutheran College
Wednesday 12 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm
St Peters Performing Arts Centre, 66 Harts Road, Indooroopilly, Qld 4068
The ASQ bring their distinct sound to St Peters Lutheran College Auditorium. They will present a one off special performance of classic quartet repertoire along with a combined programme featuring St Peters String students.
Tickets $25 – $30 – To book, click here.

CLOSE QUARTERS @ Can You Keep a Secret?
Presented by Australian String Quartet
Friday 14 July, 8-9pm
Can You Keep a Secret, 619-621 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 4102
Live Music. Up Close. Close Quarters is the Australian String Quartet’s newest unique live gig experience. Taking chamber music back to its roots, Close Quarters is an hour of music and conversation bringing the intimacy and power of string quartet music to small spaces.
Tickets $25 – to book,
click here

Saturday 12 August, 7pm
Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank
String Quintet no 1 in D major op 25
Paul Stanhope String Quartet no 2
Dvořák String Quartet no 13 in G major op 106
Brimming with optimism and self-confidence, the quartets of Dvořák, Britten and Paul Stanhope celebrate the adventure of new opportunity and the joy of homecoming.
Tickets Standard $79, Concession $56, Under 30 $30 – to book:  QTIX 136 246,