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Published On: Fri 08 May

ASQ Encore – help us commission more Australian composers

Through ASQ Encore we will commission up to ten Australian composers to write miniatures for string quartet, which will be performed live around the country and recorded for world-wide distribution.

ASQ Encore will be partly funded through the Australian Cultural Fund’s ACF Boost crowdfunding platform, with every dollar raised being matched by the ACF itself.

Funds raised will go directly to the composers for the works to be written and recorded this year, with generous support already secured through the Robert Salzer Foundation.

“The string quartet canon is crying out for more shorter works. From performance encores to digital broadcasting and future collaborations – we’re looking for new ways to broaden the reach of Australian music” Francesca Hiew – violin

First two composers already commissioned


We are thrilled to announce that composers David Paterson and Kate Neal are the first two composers commissioned to contribute new works to the canon. We’ve long admired these artists and can’t wait to hear their works.

“It will be fantastic to write for the Australian String Quartet – I’m really looking forward to it – a great honor, such terrific players” Composer – Kate Neal

I’m indebted to the ASQ for their generosity and support. My role as a composer is meaningless without their hard work and advocacy. As with good conversation, one must strive to present something worthy of people’s attention because there is no greater crime than being boring.” Composer – David Paterson

How you can support

Head to our ACF Boost and pledge your support! Every dollar you contribute up to our initial target of $5000 will be doubled by the Australian Culture Fund, all going towards the creation of new Australian music. Every dollar after that will help us support even more Australian composers.

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