The Acies Quartet was founded in September 2000 by students of the Kärntner (Carinthian) Landeskonservatorium. The ensemble received its initial chamber music instruction from Prof. Brian Finlayson. The ensemble has consisted of the present members since 2006 and has studied with Prof. Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara in Madrid since 2008.
In June 2003, the Acies Quartet won the federal Austrian Prima la musica competition with distinction. In October 2006 in Vienna, the four young musicians won first prize in the string quartet category of Gradus ad Parnassum 2006, Austria’s elite competition. In addition, they received the Mozart Prize 2006, awarded for the best Mozart interpretation, and were announced winner of the Gradus ad Parnassum Grand Prize (klassik.preis.österreich) following their participation in the winners’ concert in the Great Hall of Vienna's Musikverein.
The Acies Quartet enjoys the distinction of having been named Artist of the Year 2007 by both Bank Austria Creditanstalt and the Austrian radio station Ö1.
In January 2008, the quartet won the Musica Juventutis competition of the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The ensemble has participated in numerous master classes with members of many internationally renowned quartets:
International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Alban Berg Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Bartók Quartet, Smetana Quartet)
Accademia Chigiana Siena (Alban Berg Quartet)
International Mendelssohn Summer School Hamburg (Alban Berg Quartet, Guarneri Quartet)
ProQuartet Paris (Alban Berg Quartet).
In May 2005 and 2006, the four young musicians accepted invitations to New York for courses by members of the Juilliard Quartet.
By invitation of the Karl Klinger Foundation Munich, they attended a master class with Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet as part of the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in September 2006.
In addition to numerous concerts at home and abroad (including the Slovenian Philharmonic, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana, Teatro dei Dioscuri Rome, Musikwochen Millstatt, Klassikfest Oberneukirchen, Konzerthaus Klagenfurt), the quartet debuted with the Bruckner Orchestra in the Brucknerhaus Linz, and under the framework of their Jeunesse Austria tour, the four musicians played in the Brahms-Saal of the Vienna Musikverein for the first time in March 2008.
Their debut in the Schubert-Saal of the Vienna Konzerthaus followed in May 2008.
Their debut album was released in December 2007 by Gramola. The second album followed in April 2009.
In June 2003, thanks to sponsorship by the Austrian federal province of Carinthia, the string quartet members were lent the following instruments by the Austrian National Bank: Violin "Dominicus Montagnana Sub Signus Cremonae Venetiis 1727" and Viola "Camillus Camilli Fecit Mantua 1736"
Hieronymus Köstler, a master luthier in Stuttgart, kindly lent a cello by Jakob Rauch (1716) and Professor Günter Pichler a violin by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda (1835/38).