ASQ Weekend of Music

Enjoy a weekend of chamber music at its very finest, performed in the picturesque vineyards of Western Australia’s Margaret River. Now one of the annual highlights of the Australian chamber music calendar, the Australian String Quartet’s next Margaret River Weekend of Music will see the quartet again performing a series of concerts in the exquisite surroundings of some of Australia’s most renowned wine estates.

After each concert, sit down to a superb gourmet dining experience paired with specially selected wines, and meet the artists themselves in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. On the final day, take a day trip south past Augusta to the 39-metre tall lighthouse standing sentinel over Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian Oceans converge.

Detailed information available September/October 2017. For further details, please click ‘Request Info’.

Per person, twin-share (approximately)

AUD 3,000

Single Supplement* (approximately)

AUD 450

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.


The Australian String Quartet was established in 1985 and is Quartet-in-Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide. The core of ASQ’s Australian programme is its National Season in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, supplemented by considerable regional touring, the Dunkeld Weekend of Music in the Southern Grampians of Victoria and the Margaret River Weekend of Music in Western Australia.

The ASQ has also performed in many major European cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, London, Copenhagen, Cologne, Belgrade, Budapest, Zagreb, Frankfurt, Reggio Emilia (Italy) and New York. It has also toured throughout Germany, New Zealand and Japan. In 2009, the ASQ was invited to perform at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn as part of the Beethoven Festival and also for the Cheltenham, Lichfield and Buxton Festivals in the United Kingdom. A major project for 2010 was the world premiere of Brett Dean’s Viola Quintet Epitaphs. In recent years the Quartet 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.

The Quartet has been broadcast extensively in Australia on ABC Classic FM and has been featured on NDR (North German Radio), the BBC and Radio France, and televised in Australia, Denmark, Austria and Japan.

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.


Australian String Quartet – Dale Barltrop (Violin), Francesca Hiew (Violin), Sharon Grigoryan (Violoncello), Stephen King (Viola). Photo: Jacqui Way. Location: Hotel Hotel, Canberra.