The day the current membership of the Australian String Quartet breaks up will be a black day for Australian music. Their Musica Viva performance at the Brisbane Concert Hall confirmed again what a gem of an ensemble this is The Courier Mail – Brisbane 1996
The North American ear, slightly jaded by high energy string tone, is struck by the relaxed natural sound of the Australians……you will travel far to find any chamber music players as fine…….they took us into their world and made us feel like citizens The Chronicle Herald - Nova Scotia – Canada – 1988
Commanding poise and clarity The Strad – London 1988
… this most inspiring Australian quartet…performed with taste and flair in the manner of the best models of quartet playing. La Nuova Venezia, Venice 1988
Australian quartet a revelation. For their first performance in France, the Australian String Quartet offered an evening of the highest artistic standing Dernieres Nouvelle D’Alsace - Strasbourg - France – 1990
A little more than a decade ago the ASQ set out with the highest ambitions. In this Festival those goals have been most eloquently realised in the most telling and rewarding way in powerfully sustained, exemplary performances of works that are the pinnacles of their medium Adelaide Festival 1996 - Adelaide Advertiser - The Complete Late Quartets of Beethoven
polished interpretations from a master ensemble The Australian – Sydney 1987
It is not hard to predict that the Australian String Quartet, because of its high level of artistry, will be a group in high demand on the American concert stage Michael Barta (former leader of the Kodaly Quartet) The Register News - Illinois - USA 1988
If the string quartet represents a pinnacle in chamber music, then the ASQ must certainly represent a pinnacle of performance in the genre. The Courier – Kelowna, British Columbia 1988
Australian quartet of quality and power…. an ensemble prowess which was a joy to hear. South China Morning Post – Hong Kong 1987
It has been said that the success of martial arts winners lies in the moderate use of their muscles’ enormous potential. Taking into account the differences, the same happens with chamber music. String players can impose a delicate respect even in those moments in the score when there is a requirement to play with force.This is one of the secrets of the Australian String Quartet which opened the Mozarteum Brasileiro’s season in Sao Paulo. Folha De Sao Paulo 1994
Inspired quartet full of sincerity The Newcastle Herald – 1995
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