The Australian String Quartet has recruited two new players to replace departing members Sophie Rowell and Sally Boud. Violinist Kristian Winther and violist Stephen King will join the quartet for the start of the 2012 season.

Winther, 27, was born in Canberra, and was violinist in the Tinalley String Quartet. He has performed as a soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian symphony orchestras. King, 39, joins the quartet after nine years in the Australian Chamber Orchestra.