Australian String Quartet

Australian String Quartet

Since 1985, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for audiences around the world.

Dedicated to musical excellence of the highest standard, we aim to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with music.

From our home base at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music, we reach out across the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, digital content, commissions and education projects. 

Our 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 our exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza Chris Cartlidge plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin Michael Dahlenburg plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza ‘Ngeringa’


Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.