In the world premiere of Henderson’s Dombrovskis Quartet, performed by ... the Acacia Quartet, played with such clarity it was as if they had been playing Henderson’s music for most of their lives.
— Rob Kennedy for City News Canberra, January 2018
Engaging and gripping from the outset, the concert from this prominent quartet on the Australian musical landscape drew on its collective experience and skill to present intricacies of rhythm in the ingenious works selected. Broad, beautiful shifts of texture or successive textural complexities and string effects in the various modern works were also clearly demonstrated to the attentive audience.
— Paul Nolan for Sydney Arts Guide, October 2017
Again we marvelled at the unerring dialogue of the musicians as they responded to each other in this quartet, which began with such longing and foreboding as well as such sadness and hope and evolved, through a display of skill from all the players, through a whole gamut of moods leaving the glorious tranquillity of the second ‘Rosamunde’ movement forever in our musical experience. From this movement we were led through pathos and soberness to the delightfully cheerful last movement, as a rustic folk dance, with Schubert cutting through the gloom to leave us on an optimistic note.
— Brian Millett for Yass Music Club, August 2017
Forgotten – but only until now. With their customary curiosity and vision, Acacia Quartet have prised open the pages of history and breathed fresh life into the music of Raphael. Of equal importance, the ensemble has the requisite individual and collective technical skills to play this music and Forbidden but not Forgotten represented a renaissance in the work of Günter Raphael as well as the Australian premiere of his music.
— Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney, June 2017
‘The excited reception ... from the audience was proof of Acacia Quartet’s effective gifting on this night to us of delicate narratives, intensities, colours and shapes found in compositions for the string quartet from last century to now.’
— Paul Nolan for Sydney Arts Guide, November 2016
‘Their instincts were good. The lush and complex string textures are still there when the music needs it, but the individual gestures shine out.’
— Harriet Cunningham for A Cunning Blog, November 2016
‘There was never a ‘wallflower’ in these pieces, rather, each instrument had its chance to shine, taking up the narrative at different points.’
— Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney, November 2016
‘There are string quartets that engage audiences by their sheer will and force of playing. This is not the Acacia Quartet. They approach the music with humility and theirs is an invitation to the listener to engage. This is a great quality in a quartet. Long may it reign.’
— Daniel Kaan for ClassikON, November 2016
‘Acacia Quartet were riveting at this engaging concert’
— Daniel Kaan for ClassikON, July 2016
‘Expertly championed through Acacia Quartet’s sensitive attention to detail’
— Paul Nolan for Sydney Arts Guide, August 2016
‘Acacia Quartet performed with mesmerising beauty..’
— Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney, November 2015
‘All aided by first-rate playing from the Sydney-based Acacia Quartet’
— Limelight Magazine, 2015
‘The Acacia Quartet is superb. These fine musicians have only been playing together since 2010. Their achievements in those few years are impressive indeed.’
— Gwen Bennett for The Music Trust, July 2015
‘Acacia’s playing was so precise, beautiful in tone, individually nuanced yet with a cohesiveness of playing that almost transcended the music.’
— Andreas Hartung for Sydney Arts Guide, March 2015
‘Chan’s story is told through a multi-movement string quartet, performed with skill by the Acacia Quartet, who are gaining a reputation for classy performances of new Australian music.’
— Limelight Magazine, 2015
‘The versatility and technical mastery they both demonstrated as individuals and as an ensemble ... is an impressive testament to their extraordinary talent.’
— Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney, November 2014
‘Performances exhibit everything one would expect of fine chamber music playing: a sensitivity towards tonal and timbral balance, a keen ear for flexible musical conversation and, perhaps most importantly, a sense of fun.’
— Limelight Magazine 2014
‘Sometimes words can fail to adequately describe what one witnesses... the Acacia Quartet illustrated each movement with an incredible depth of understanding’
— Joel Carnegie for The Age, July 2014
‘The Acacia Quartet … have a wonderful sound.’
— Sam Gillies for Limelight Magazine, July 2014
‘Four extraordinary musicians gave it everything they had... It was playing of the highest order.’
— John O'Brien for ClassikOn, July 2014
‘This quartet is one of the best things to happen to chamber music in Australia for ages.’
— Sally Whitwell, 2013
‘The quartet’s warmth of tone and blend is coupled with an infectious passion for this new music, making this recording a stand-out! It is not only exciting music, but exciting playing.’
— Barry Walmsley, July 2013
‘The Acacia Quartet played not only with polished balance, but drew listeners in. This is a young group … on the ascendancy.’
— Peter McCullum for Sydney Morning Herald, 2013
‘Acacia Quartet have the technical mastery to accomplish the demands of the writing and to move seamlessly from one style to another, along with the ability to realise the sense of humour implicit in the writing.’
— Shamistha de Soysa for SoundsLikeSydney, May 2012