Orpheus Quartet One of the most interesting and most promising new string quartets, wrote Jean Roy, the critic of Le Monde de la Musique, in July 1988, a year after the inauguration of the Orpheus Quartet. And since then the quartet – with Charles Andr Linale (first violin), Emilian Piedicuta (second violin), Emile Cantor (viola) and Laurentiu Sbarcea (cello) – has indeed built up a career of some prominence. In 1988, a unanimous jury awarded first prize to the Orpheus Quartet at the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome; in the same year, they also won first prize in the Karl Klingler Competition in Munich. In April 1993 they were presented with first prize at the prestigious International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, and simultaneously received the prize for the best performance of the compulsory work by the Japanese composer, Akiro Miyoshi. In January 1993 the quartet was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque of the Academie Charles Gros for their recording of the complete quartets of Malpiero. In 1992, great international acclaim greeted their CD recording of the quartets of Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux (Channel Classics CCS 3892). Since their establishment in 1987, the Orpheus Quartet have gained a worldwide reputation. Their success is founded on their many successful concerts and on a repertoire which extends through Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Smetana and Dvork to Hartmann, Shostakovich, Malpiero, Berg and Halffter.