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Australian String Quartet

Australian String Quartet

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable chamber music experiences for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with an Australian “accent”, the Quartet shares this excellence with audiences in intimate performances that create deep connections with its 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 program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. In recent years the ASQ has appeared at international music festivals and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Asia.

The Quartet members are Dale Barltrop (Violin), Francesca Hiew (Violin), Stephen King (Viola) and Sharon Grigoryan (Cello). The distinct sound of the Quartet is enhanced and unified by its matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between (circa) 1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. They are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein and UKARIA.

The ASQ program for 2017 is one of the most exciting in its history, and includes: the inaugural morning series at UKARIA Cultural Centre; a year-long association with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; the world premiere of a new cello quintet by Australian composer, Gordon Kerry; the launch of an ASQ digital platform; and recording collaborations with Slava Grigoryan and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Among other highlights, 2017 welcomes performance collaborations with renowned Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey and Australian pianist Caroline Almonte for our flagship regional festivals in the Southern Grampians, Victoria and Western Australia’s Margaret River; international engagements in North America with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the University of Maryland; a tour of Italy and the United Kingdom; the continuation of our new Close Quarters series which will be delivered in tandem with our National Season and extensive regional touring programs.

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 Violoncello, Piacenza, 'Ngeringa'

Visit Australian String Quartet at http://www.asq.com.au

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