The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) was established in 1985 and is Quartet in Residence at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium.
The Quartet has had a major impact on the musical life of Australia, touring widely to capital centres and regional communities and commissioning many works by leading Australian composers. One of Australia’s finest music exports, the Quartet has appeared at international music festivals and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Asia in recent years. The Quartet is broadcast frequently on ABC Classic FM and regularly record for commercial release.
Featuring four of the most sought after musicians in Australia, the ASQ’s membership comprises Kristian Winther and Anne Horton – violins, Stephen King – viola and Rachel Johnston – cello. New to the Quartet in 2012, Kristian and Stephen join long-standing members, Anne and Rachel as the Quartet launches its next exciting era of music making.
A recent highlight was an international tour, which saw the Quartet perform at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy. They will also perform at the Automne Musical d’Ollon in Switzerland, among other prestigious concert halls across Europe and the United Kingdom.
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