About Us

Amicus Strings was founded in 1996. Since that time, it has established a reputation for excellence in presentation, performance and customer relations, and is one of Adelaide’s busiest performing string quartets.

In addition to providing music for weddings, corporate functions, parties and events, Amicus performs regularly in concert with repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to contemporary composers such as Philip Glass and Karl Jenkins.

Amicus has performed for Recitals Australia, the “Tuesday on Flinders” series of concerts, ACME New Music Company, the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus and the State Opera of South Australia, as well as in various music festivals and private functions. It has performed twice in the Mawson Lakes Planetarium, involving memorised performance in total darkness. It has undertaken a masterclass with the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet, and was quartet in residence for Symphony Australia’s Westfield Young Conductor of the Year programme.

Amicus has accompanied international artists including Elaine Paige OBE, and Aled Jones.

In 2004, Amicus featured as the performing string quartet in the wedding episode of the Australian drama series “McLeod’s Daughters”.

As a commercial quartet, Amicus has recorded sound tracks for numerous television commercials including Baker’s Delight, Bridgestone Tyres, Stratco, San Remo, Virginia Nursery, Arnott’s, University of South Australia, Jacob’s Creek and Beaurepaires.

Amicus’ service to the bridal industry has been recognised with many awards in the Ceremony Music and Live Entertainment categories of the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for Excellence.

They are in high demand playing at weddings, corporate functions and events every year.

As individual musicians, they are classically trained to the highest degree. Together as a quartet, they are dynamic and exciting players and pride themselves in delivering top quality performances.

The principal string quartet players are:-

Carolyn Lam – Violin
Louise Beaston – Violin
Asha Stephenson – Viola
Jacqueline Finlay – Cello

We are delighted to have Jillian Visser as our associate cellist.

Please click on the photos below to read their individual biographies.

Testimonials

We are proud of our reputation as a highly regarded string quartet who provide a unique experience for all of our clients.

Carolyn Lam

Violin, Founder & Manager of Amicus Strings

Louise Beaston

Violin

Asha Stephenson

Viola

Jacqueline Finlay

Cello

Jillian Visser

Associate Cellist