The Martinů Quartet was founded in 1976 by students at the Prague Conservatoire. Soon thereafter it won many awards in important international quartet competitions, for example the ARD Competition in Munich, the Evian Competition in France, the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in Portsmouth, England, and the Prague Spring Competition. These honours contributed greatly to the start of a successful international career, and the Martinů Quartet took a place among ensembles forming the world-renowned Czech quartet tradition. In 1985 the original title, ‘Havlák Quartet’, was changed signifying a commitment to promote the name and the music of one of the geniuses of Czech modern music, Bohuslav Martinů. Although the centre of gravity of the ensemble’s repertoire is music by the established great composers from both the Czech lands and elsewhere, it often seeks out forgotten works and gives premieres of works that are brand new. The Martinů Quartet has recorded many highly-acclaimed albums, of which we might mention a recording of string quartets by Martinů honoured in 2004 with a Midem prize in Cannes.