Australian String Quartet 2022


“Before interval, two works were performed by the redoubtable Australian String Quartet… Both works were given incisive renditions by the Quartet, with superbly blended sound, exquisite tonal range and (in the Dessner) pounding rhythmic attack.” ★★★★
Wolfgang von Flugelhorn, Artshub, 14 March

“The world premiere of Ngapa William Cooper at this year’s Adelaide Festival can best be described as momentous.” ★★★★
Jansson J. Antmann, Limelight, 8 March

“This is an outstanding album of three masterful string quartets by Paul Stanhope, performed with compelling energy and brilliance from the players of the Australian String Quartet.”
Alex Raineri, Loudmouth, 27 November

Australian String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre
“Harnessing the silvery tone of their remarkable instruments, these sensitive, highly talented players impressed throughout with their overwhelming sense of shared musical vision and desire to create a ravishing musical unity. Put simply, the ASQ remains a sure-fire winner.” ★★★★½
Tony Way, The Age, 1 November

ASQ’s Symonds Beethoven
“Just hearing them play is a joy… this was artistry of the very highest calibre.” 
Grahame Strahle, InReview, 19 October

Symonds Beethoven at the Adelaide Town Hall
“…despite the gravitas associated with [Beethoven’s Op.131], the Australian String Quartet gave it a refreshingly light and nuanced interpretation… There was beautiful clarity and precision even in the dramatic sections, and the humorous moments were brought out to great effect.” ★★★★
Melanie Walters, Limelight, 21 October

Australian String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre
“…this audience did not remain silent, with maximum applause welcoming ASQ’s detailed and refined performance…Brilliant string playing and classy teamwork impressed us…”
Julie McErlain, Classic Melbourne, 28 April

Intense musical magic
“…a dramatic program sensationally delivered…”
Penny Shaw, SeeSaw Magazine, 23 March

Konstantin Shamray and the ASQ gave an eloquent and refined performance
“This was a performance with a great sense of mastery on all fronts – technically flawless, driven by great passion and virtuosity…”
★★★★★, Brett Allen-Bayes, Limelight, 9 March

Crack quartet shows off its new line-up to stunning effect
“The ASQ, working smoothly like a well-oiled machine behind their black masks, brought the sold-out house alive…”
★★★★.5, Steve Moffatt, Limelight, 23 February

Australian String Quartet at James Fairfax Theatre, Canberra
“…it was clear that the ASQ was going to deliver a brilliant performance – and so it did.”
Jennifer Gall, Canberra Critics Circle, 21 February

Australian String Quartet at Elder Hall, Adelaide
“…the players were so beautifully together that the effect was magical… the ASQ looks set to maintain its premiere place in Australia’s chamber music scene.”
Graham Strahle, InReview, 2 February

Landmark Aussie outfit finds plenty of gold close to home.
“These are top-drawer performances of diverse and exciting new works.”
★★★★.5 Steve Moffatt, Limelight, 1 November

Australian String Quartet at Elder Hall, Adelaide
“exceptionally clear articulation and finely tuned balance”
Melanie Walters, The Advertiser, 30 October

A magical VR realisation of the compelling music by William Barton and the Australian String Quartet
“The story seems no longer an abstraction but something tangible and accessible to all, regardless of one’s background.”
★★★★.5 Chris Reid, Limelight, 26 July

Resilience and ingenuity creates a lifeline for local artists
“After an 18-month absence, the Australian String Quartet returned with fearless programming and a dazzling display of artistic prowess… intelligent, sophisticated, but not without a little whimsy.”
Tony Way, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 December

After 18 months away, this string quartet takes a glorious bow
“Razor-sharp ensemble and expressive playing”
★★★★.5 Tony Way, The Age, 8 June

ASQ in Concert: Bartók Mendelssohn Fischer
“Like having a gymnast perform in your lounge room”
★★★★.5 Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June

ASQ in Concert: Bartók Mendelssohn Fischer
“an engrossing and well-balanced program in the intimate Utzon Room”
★★★★★ Steve Moffatt, Limelight, 7 June

Australian String Quartet: Something old, new, borrowed and Bartók!
“you can’t help but be moved”
Daniel Craig, The Plus Ones, 6 June

Festive atmosphere for an affectionate farewell
“What a fine outfit the ASQ is!”
Clinton White, CityNews, 4 June

Music review: ASQ In Concert – Bartók, Mendelssohn, Fischer
“To hear Bartók played this way was excitingly new.”
Graham Strahle, InReview, 25 May

ASQ in Concert: Bartók Mendelssohn Fischer
“The Australian String Quartet continues to evolve, develop and re-energise the genre, as it shows in this impressive concert.”
★★★★.5 Chris Reid, Limelight, 26 May

ASQ in Concert: Bartók Mendelssohn Fischer
“The Quartet was on fire in this program”
Stephen Whittington, The Advertiser, 25 May


String Quartet No 1, Charles Edward Horsley
“The Australian String Quartet’s committed performance restores this long-neglected gem to Australia’s musical history.”
John Weretka, The Music Trust, 28 May 2021

Cicadidae, Kate Moore
“I believe Cicadidae to be one of the most outstanding recording releases of recent years.”
Alex Raineri, The Music Trust, 26 February 2021

String Quartet No 3 Sacred Sky, Nigel Westlake
“Westlake’s Sacred Sky is a dedication to his sister and their closeness is obvious in this wonderfully expressive musical evocation performed sensitively and dextrously by the Australian String Quartet.”
Mandy Stefanakis, The Music Trust, 27 July 2020


Transfigured Night
★★★★★ “The Australian String Quartet gave a sparkling account”
Chris Reid, Limelight, 8 March 2021

Here I Am
“Both performances were good opportunities to experience the Australian String Quartet with new cellist Michael Dahlenburg already sounding 100 per cent at home after just a couple of months.”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 7 March 2021

Love Sonnet: After the Season of Thunder & Hail
“The Australian String Quartet were deft and very persuasive as usual”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, 7 March 2021

Transfigured Night
“… sublime tone colours… with impressive control in the softer passages”
Melanie Walters, The Advertiser, 6 March 2021


Impermanence by Sydney Dance Company | Adelaide Festival 2021 review
“Impermanence is arguably the single best piece created by and for an Australian dance company for many years.”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 11 March 2021

The fragility of existence is laid bare in Sydney Dance Company’s Impermanence, a masterful display of music and movement held in perfect symbiosis.
“a work that is mesmerising, fluid and fiercely embedded in the now.”
Alison Flett, InReview, 11 March 2021

★★★★ The meaning of ‘impermanence’ has changed over the past year, personally and globally.
“Impermanence is a triumph of collaboration and passion.”
Anna Westbrook, ArtsHub, 21 February 2021

★★★★.5 Live Review: Sydney Dance Company and Australian String Quartet
“A hypnotically beautiful work, choreographed to a wonderful, visceral score by Bryce Dessner, which is performed live by the Australian String Quartet.”
Jo Litson, Limelight, 18 February 2021

Review: New SDC show Impermanence is ‘extraordinary’
“Impermanence needs to be seen and heard more than once.”
Deborah Jones, The Australian, 18 February 2021

★★★★★ Review: SDC and ASQ a Perfect Partnership
“The music alone is worth hearing live in concert and Bonachela’s choreography adds a whole other dimension to these collaborative contemplations of humanity for our times.”
Pepe Newton, Classikon, 17 February 2021

Rock star’s powerful dance to music of time is a stunner
“an hour-long masterclass of precision, strength, urgency and grace where perpetual motion matched the powerful non-stop 12-piece score.”
Steve Moffatt, The Daily Telegraph, 18 February 2021

Live Review: Sydney Dance Company and Australian String Quartet
“Music and dance merge completely, in small expressive bodily detail and in great waves of physical movement”
Martin Portus, Stage Whispers, 18 February 2021

★★★★ Dance moves for the end of the world
” They have combined in reality to shake humanity’s belief in the continuity of life as we have known it, and the creators declare they have set out to explore the true fragility of the world around us.”
Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 February 2021


Live review
“The always impressive ASQ (violinists Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew, viola player Stephen King and cellist Sharon Grigoryan) and WASO rose to the occasion….”
Will Yeoman, Limelight Magazine, 8 March 2020


Musical worlds collide
“The hairs on my arms stood on end for the entire performance.”
Bourby Webster, See Saw Magazine, 17 February 2020


Review: Katie Noonan & Australian String Quartet
“…not so much a record, show or concept as it is a thriving excerpt of historical futures, nesting like a watchful jabiru atop a monument of civilisation.”
Pepper Jane, scenestr, 18 November 2019

Katie Noonan gets it all down in black and white with songs of hope
“Oodgeroo would certainly approve.”
Wentworth Courier, 13 November 2019

Katie Noonan, Kaleenah Edwards & The Australian String Quartet
★★★★★“It feels like a privilege to experience this. “
Belinda Healy, BMA, 11 November 2019

Inspiring concert of moving poetry
“a musical creation that portrays the intimacy and power of poetry”
Rob Kennedy, Canberra City News, 11 November 2019

The Glad Tomorrow – Katie Noonan & ASQ
★★★★“Passion and pathos, knowing and innocence in a poetic evocation of our best and worst.”
David Cusworth, The West Australian, 8 November 2019

The Glad Tomorrow – Katie Noonan & ASQ
“a breathtakingly beautiful and brilliant live performance, executed to perfection.”
Katherine Curnow,, 6 November 2019

The Glad Tomorrow – Katie Noonan & ASQ
“a performance that will linger long into our lives… Magic. Just Magic!”
Marika Bryant, Australian Stage, 4 November 2019

The Glad Tomorrow – Katie Noonan & ASQ
★★★★★ “We have phenomenal artists and musicians in this country, and it is fantastic to see ground-breaking, cultural new works such as this performance being presented.”
Ben Stefanoff, Glam Adelaide, 4 November 2019

Powerful new song cycle lends Noonan’s seductive voice to Noonuccal’s poetry
“Alongside Noonuccal’s poetry, the other inspiration for the composers must have been Noonan’s unique vocal abilities. Her voice really is a thing of wonder.”
Murray Black, The Australian, 30 October 2019

The Glad Tomorrow – Katie Noonan & ASQ
★★★★ “A moving evening of music and poetry from Katie Noonan and the Australian String Quartet.”
Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, 30 October 2019

IVES WESTLAKE DEBUSSY – 4 – 20 September 2019

Eloquent small-scale requiem
“An involving, gripping experience”
Clive O’Connell, O’Connell the Music, 22 September 2019

Australian String Quartet plays Ives Westlake Debussy at Perth Government House
★★★★.5 “There is no greater trust than to lay out your feelings for a loved one”
David Cusworth, The West Australian, 20 September 2019

The ASQ play with less caution and more freedom
“A masterful reading, fluid, purposeful, and delicate by turns”
The Advertiser, 12 September 2019

ASQ brings it together with brilliance and precision
“The music and the playing came together with precision and dynamic tonal brilliance, as it always does for the ASQ”
CityNews, 9 September 2019

Ives Westlake Debussy
★★★★★ “A magnificent performance”
Sheila Fitzpatrick, Australian Book Review, 5 September 2019

Darker emotions at play
“Swift speeds and emphatic unison…”
Murray Black, The Australian, 6 September 2019

Ives Westlake Debussy
★★★★ “Fine performances all round”
Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, 5 September 2019

MOORE BEETHOVEN BRAHMS – 23 May – 11 June 2019

Early Beethoven and Brahms paired with Moore and Woithe
“… a masterclass in every respect”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 13 June 2019

Experiment leads to Romantic success
“ASQ showed yet again they are comfortable with experimentation — it leads to improvement, as this evening did.”
The West Australian, 30 May 2019

Moore Beethoven Brahms
“Full credit to these players in their treatment of this work that often winds up battered and helpless in over-enthusiastic hands. “
Clive O’Connell, O’Connell the Music, 30 May 2019

Quartet’s gusto wows the audience.
“One could listen to the ASQ all day and never hear a wrong or out-of-sync note”
Rob Kennedy, CityNews, 26 May 2019

A soundscape, brand new quartet and two classics.
★★★½ “The Australian String Quartet’s performance of the work was superb… The final Allegro was brilliant, a true outpouring of ebullience.”
David Barmby, ArtsHub, 28 May 2019

Beethoven, Brahms, and a new quartet worthy of serious buzz.
★★★½ “This was an excellent performance”
Paul Ballam-Cross, Limelight Magazine, 23 May 2019

PITCHFORK: ASQ + POST DINING – Adelaide Fringe, 5 – 7 March 2019

Adelaide Fringe review 2019: Pitchfork: ASQ + Post Dining
★★★★★ “… a truly immersive experience. Artful, stylish, and delicious in every respect.”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 6 Mar 2019

REVIEW – Pitchfork: ASQ & Post Dining
“It’s a concert like no other… The ASQ is innovative. This event is proof conclusive… The next time an event like this comes along, do NOT hesitate. There’s nothing quite like it.”
Kym Clayton, The Barefoot Review, 5 Mar 2019

HAYDN WINKELMAN SIBELIUS – 20 – 28 February 2019

Ensemble soars with ‘Bird’ quartet
★★★★½ “… one of the finest I have heard from this ensemble.”
Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Mar 2019

Gripping sub-Arctic fervour
“It brings about the kind of experience that makes you more conscious than ever that there is no substitute for live performance.”
Clive O’Connell, O’Connell the Music, 28 Feb 2019

The Australian String Quartet takes flight with a bird inspired show
“… naturalistic trilling bird calls were underpinned by the purring cello voice…”
Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times, 25 Feb 2019

String Quartet thrives in superb Sunday concert
“The ASQ delivers ensemble playing of the very highest calibre.”
City News, 25 Feb 2019

Review: Haydn Winkelman Sibelius
“… the ASQ should not be missed. An ASQ concert is an exceptional music experience.”
Kym Clayton, The Barefoot Review, 21 Feb 2019

Bird flies off in different direction
“… tuneful, rousing and hopeful.”
David Cusworth, The West Australian, 22 Feb 2019

SCHUBERT LEDGER SHOSTAKOVICH – 26 September – 9 October 2018

Glorious quartet of 18th century strings
“… a magnificent performance of a magnificent piece by Australia’s finest.”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 10 Oct 2018

Australian String Quartet – Government House Ballroom
“How beautifully it was played by the ASQ.”
Neville Cohn, OzArts Review Online, 9 Oct 2018

String quartet mixes old with challenging new works
“When one sees the opportunity to see a quartet of this nature doing what they do best, they take it.”
Heath Auchinachie, Classikon – Sydney, 9 Oct 2018

Old and new string quartets and Diggers’ Requiem all impress
“A stellar performance”
Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times, 8 Oct 2018

Australian String Quartet mix old with exciting new
“… the ensemble work was particularly impressive”
Steve Moffatt, The Daily Telegraph, 6 Oct 2018

Business as usual for the Australian String Quartet
“… the ASQ gave a fine reading, unrolling skeins of lyricism with exemplary dedication and fluency.”
Clive O’Connell, The Age, 3 Oct 2018

Ledger lines live wires
“… ASQ is a polished product — from the quality of its musicianship to the matched sound of its 18th century Guadagnini instruments, everything fits the bill.”
David Cusworth, The West Australian, 30 Sep 2018

James Ledger’s imaginative loop for engaging premiere
“… a compelling performance.”
Mark Coughlan, The Australian, 28 Sep 2018

A world premiere by James Ledger demonstrates that he’s a formidable composer for the string quartet.
“… an entirely satisfying night of music-making by the ASQ.”
Laura Biemmi, Limelight Magazine, 28 Sep 2018

String quartet mixes old with challenging new works
Graham McDonald, City News – Canberra, 7 Oct 2018


Adelaide Festival review 2018: Shadows
“on stage were some of this state’s finest string players and the cut-down septet version of Strauss’s original 23-player work allowed them all to shine individually to great effect.”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, 9 Mar 2018

Adelaide Festival review 2018: Refuge
“ASQ’s performance was both polished and authoritative, sweeping listeners along in a tormented ferment, leaving a lasting impression despite the work’s undoubtedly difficult language.”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, 11 Mar 2018

Compassion: Chamber Landscapes
“… an ensemble of great unanimity and finesse.”
Nicholas Routley, Australian Stage, 12 Mar 2018

GLASS DEAN MENDELSSOHN – 11 – 22 February 2018

Finesse and focus fuse for an impressive journey
“This ensemble is playing better than ever, opening its season with an impressive demonstration of skill and ardour.”
Clive O’Connell, The Age, 18 Feb 2018

ASQ’s early inventiveness gives way to energetic Mendelssohn
On Mendelssohn: “… a well blended ensemble sound, the group’s warm, heavily coloured timbre and swift speeds celebrated the outer movements’ romantic ardour while their nuanced dynamics and sinuous phrasing captured the inner movements’ quicksilver grace.”
Murray Black, The Australian, 14 Feb 2018

ASQ willing and able to take on the challenge
“The ASQ gave a beautifully balanced performance that perfectly embodied the youthful Romantic spirit of this music.”
Stephen Whittington, The Advertiser, 16 Feb 2018

ASQ launch season with cutting edge program
“I have been following the Adelaide-based Australian String Quartet for about 14 years in their various guises and the more I see their present line-up of violinists Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew, violist Stephen King and cellist Sharon Grigoryan the more impressed I become.”
Steve Moffatt, The Daily Telegraph, 14 February 2018

Review: Glass, Dean & Mendelssohn
“… an outstanding success”
Kym Clayton, The Barefoot Review, 18 Feb 2018

MIGRATION – 23 May – 5 June 2017

“Grigoryan and a swinging ASQ deliver the goods…”
Martin Buzacott, The Australian, 31 May 2017

“A brave and intriguing programme from Slava and ASQ
Gillian Wills, Limelight Magazine, 6 June 2017

“…a resounding success”
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser, 1 June 2017

MSO and ASQ – 30 & 31 March 2017

“Schubert – rendered by ASQ with lush perfection”
Eamonn Kelly, The Australian, 3 April 2017

UKARIA Concerts – 12 & 13 December 2016

“…playing that was spontaneous and powerful.”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, 13 December 2016

METAMORPHOSES – 13 – 24 October 2016

“…an exemplary performance that will stay in this listener’s memory for a long time to come.”
Steve Moffatt, NewsLocal, 18 October 2016

“Finishing their year on a high”
Clive O’Connell, O’Connell the Music, 25 October 2016

“A memorable recital with a fully appreciative audience”
Tony Burke, Classikon, 18 October 2016

“Performances of this quality are rare…”
David Barmby, Artshub, 27 October 2016

TEMPESTA – 30 June – 11 July 2016

“…the ASQ are masters of both the calm and the storm.”
Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, 1 July 2016

“The great quality this new team has is cohesiveness – good balance, tight ensemble playing…”
Steve Moffatt, Daily Telegraph News Local, 1 July 2016

“…the playing is as close as live performance gets to flawless…”
Clive O’Connell, O’Connell the Music, 6 July 2016

“…the audience listened in rapt silence…”
Neville Cohn, West Australian, 13 July 2016


“Australian String Quartet hits its straps with its splendidly balanced ensemble”
Rodney Smith, The Advertiser, 1 July 2016

ALLEGED DANCES – 29 February – 14 March 2016

“…the ASQ is a force to be reckoned with.”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 15 March 2016

“…this was a thoroughly engaging programme with plenty of focus, yet ample room for fun….. it was a great start to a new era”
“Claire Edwardes .. gave a pitch perfect rendition of the solo part”
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, 2 March 2016

“…an ASQ with real promise.”
“…what boisterous fun it proved (the Hindson piece)”
Graham Strahle, The Australian, 2 March 2016

“A jewel in the classical crown”
“Worth waiting for are newcomers leader Dale Barltrop and second Francesca Hiew…”
Elizabeth Silsbury, The Advertiser, 2 March 2016

“…an eclectic selection from classic and contemporary composers, sure to satisfy every taste”
Nikki Fort, The Clothesline, 1 March 2016

“On Monday, patrons flocked to the Adelaide Town Hall for the premiere of the ASQ’s 2016 season…..a unique experience”
Nicola Woolford, Glamadelaide, 1 March 2016

“…fabulous start to the ASQ 2016 season…can’t wait for the next instalment.”
Kym Clayton, The Barefoot Review, 1 March 2016

TRANSCEND – 29 October – 7 November 2015

“….one was able to savour the richness and range of tone the musicians drew from the four matched Guadagnini instruments…”
Neville Cohn, West Australian, 5 November 2015

“Bell’s virtuosic and dramatic delivery matched the quaret’s interpretation of Dean’s often dissonant and inventive score.”
Matt Saunders, The Clothesline, 3 November 2015

“…a superb concert that truly showcased the diversity of the repertoire.”
Diana Carroll, InDaily, 3 November 2015

ABUNDANCE – 1-8 September 2015

“Glorious tones from one we let go”
Martin Buzacott, The Australian, 3 September 2015

Review: Abundance
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, 3 September 2015

“….a generous and masterfully-delivered program”
Matthew Saunders, The Clothesline, 8 September 2015

REMEMBER TOMORROW / 20 February – 11 March 2015

“Absorbing memorial”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 23 February 2015

BOUNDLESS/ 11-31 August 2014

“[Haydn]..was played by a blissfully in-form Australian String Quartet”
Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 15 August 2014

CONTINUUM / 3 – 14 March 2014

“Australian String Quartet excels on a musical journey”
Martin Duffy, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 March 2014

“The whole thing displayed crazy virtuosity….”
David Washington, In Daily, 12 March 2014

“This is how chamber music should be presented in 2014…”
Jana Perkovic, The Guardian, 12 March 2014

“…the listening rewards were immense.”
Stephen Bevis, West Australian, 12 March 2014

“Vietnam war work resonates 44 years later”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 2014

“…an evening that offers considerable food for thought.”
Clive Paget, Limelight, 7 March 2014

“Black Angels brings quartet to light”
Martin Buzacott, The Australian, 6 March 2014