Australian String Quartet 

“Australia’s Finest” - The Advertiser

(c) Jacqui Way

Upcoming Europe tours:

September 2023
January / February 2024
For over 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, the ASQ’s purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding programme of performances, workshops, commissions, recordings, digital and education programs.

“...An ensemble of great unanimity and finesse” -Australian Stage

“This ensemble is playing better than ever” - The Age

At Melbourne Recital Centre

The ASQ’s 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 the quartet’s exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Each season, the ASQ commissions several works by leading Australian composers, several of which are now available as digital recordings, released under their new series, AUSTRALIAN ANTHOLOGY.

These include works by Kate Moore, Iain Grandage, Nigel Westlake, Paul Stanhope, and First Nations artists Dr. Lou Bennett and William Barton.

(c) Jacqui Way
Beyond its extensive regular touring series in which the Quartet brings chamber music programmes to regional areas as well as major cities, the ASQ has in recent years initiated several innovative and collaborative projects. 

Ranging from participative hybrid formats developed with the likes of UX design companies and food experience producers, to works with contemporary dance and virtual reality, the ASQ remains committed to inspiring and reaching audiences in new ways while continuing to develop their own artistry and curiosity.

Square Circles VR
at Illuminate Adelaide

Square Circles VR is an immersive virtual reality work that draws upon William Barton’s Country, culture and dreaming. It uses emergent digital storytelling to create breathtaking visual landscapes, featuring Barton’s visceral music, along with friend and collaborator violist Stephen King and the Australian String Quartet (ASQ).
Project Ludwig

An interactive performance format developed in collaboration with Sandpit Design and nominated for two Ruby Awards (Arts South Australia).

A visceral and thrilling exploration of the juxtaposition of beauty and devastation, Sydney Dance Company’s full-length work, Impermanence is choreographer Rafael Bonachela’s newest creation, with music written by Bryce Dessner, performed live by the Australian String Quartet.