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The Australian Sring Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. It tours both nationally and internationally.


Founded in 1985, the ASQ delivers an annual artistic program encompassing performances, workshops, commissions and education projects across Australia and abroad. The Quartet frequently performs with guest artists and in recent years has appeared with internationally acclaimed artists including pianists Angela Hewitt and Piers Lane, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, clarinettist Michael Collins, violist Brett Dean and cellist Pieter Wispelwey.

With an active focus on recording, the ASQ will embark on a range of recording initiatives in 2016, including a project to record an anthology of Australian string quartets. The Quartet’s commitment to secondary and tertiary education programs will expand as regional residencies also become a regular event for the ASQ.

The members of the ASQ are privileged to perform on a matched set of Guadagnini instruments. Hand crafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743-1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy, these exquisite instruments were brought together through the vision of Ulrike Klein. The instruments are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein and Ngeringa Arts.


  • Dale Barltrop - Violin
  • Francesca Hiew - Violin
  • Stephen King - Viola
  • Sharon Draper - Cello