Orpheus Violinist

Orfeas String Quartet

Orpheus Leander - Violin
Ayako Yamazaki - Violin
Yohei Nakajima - Viola
Idlir Shyti - Cello 


‘Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet was exquisite’ Ken Carter - The Archer


‘The first opening of the Quartet was specifically written with Orpheus in mind...he played it more beautifully than I imagined.‘ - Denise Mangiardi -composer


The Orfeas String Quartet were formed in 2004 by graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College, Paris Conservatoire and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Their musical journey has seen them forge deep relationships with outstanding composers of today who entrust them with the premiers of their works. In their formative years they were inspired by the musical insights of Michael Bochmann, George Hadjinikos and members of the Amadeus Quartet. Highlights include performing in the Royal Festival Hall, for the re - opening celebrations of St Martin in the Fields, National Portrait Gallery and Guildford International Music Festival. Their repertoire ranges from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven through Dvorak, Villa Lobos and Shostakovich to Aziza Sadikova, Amir Konjani, Denise Mangiardi and Alla Sirenko. They often perform the music of Nikos Skalkottas and folk inspired European music of the late 19th and the 20th centuries.
With funding from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea the Orfeas String Quartet have begun a programme of concerts and workshops for children, students and care homes in the community. They are the principal string players of the Music of the Spheres Ensemble who have performed through out the UK and made their debut in Vienna. Their debut CD is Colours of Europe. They are resident artists at St John’s Church Notting Hill.  Orfeas String Quartet - Principal String players of the Music of the Spheres Ensemble


Music of the Spheres Ensemble


Formed in 2008 by Orpheus Leander this dynamic young ensemble has been making waves on London’s vibrant musical scene and further afield. The ensemble has been an active platform to help advance the careers of talented players, soloists and conductors as they take musical steps into London’s thriving and dynamic musical scene.

Music of the Spheres Ensemble are a flexible group whose core string players are the Orfeas String Quartet, their performances are insightful, energetic and vibrant interpretations of the orchestral repertoire, string orchestra literature and chamber literature for mixed ensembles. Their programming juxtaposes contemporary composers with established masterworks.

Through diverse and inspired programming the Music of the Spheres Ensemble can be heard performing; Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on period instruments to performing Astor Piazzolla’s dynamic and captivating Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, Beethoven symphonies, concertos and chamber works, a composer who is central to their musical credo and a ground breaking force in the Arts. They also collaborate with and premiere the music of contemporary composers of today.  

Recent highlights include the World Premier of the ‘Ukrainian Fantasy’ by Alla Sirenko with Andriy Viytovych principal Violist, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Orpheus Leander as the soloists for violin, viola and Orchestra. They have also collaborated several times with  violist Professor Yuri Zhislin of the Royal College of Music in performances of Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major K364.

Their concert appearances include St Martin in the Fields, Princess Alexandra Hall Royal Over-Seas League, St Paul's Church Covent Garden, Cadogan Hall and their residency at St John’s Church Notting Hill.  They made their Austrian debut performing concerts in Graz and Vienna.  Their debut CD came out in January 2019 - Colours of Europe on Jongleur.

Bridget and Orpheus with the Music of the Spheres Ensemble made a striking evening debut at St Martin in the Fields in January 2019



Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major - K364: ‘The lightly-scored Mozart displayed detail and Luke Cleghorn was very much at-one with the soloists. I admire Leander’s straightforward and unsentimental style and he used a little more vibrato than when he plays Bach and Vivaldi, which in St John’s helped project both soloists’ tone, Yuri Zhislin’s vibrato being of an identical nature. I liked the tendency of both players to join in tutti passages. This was direct Mozart but with a relaxed tempo for the slow movement which gave rise to unhurried and elegant answering phrases. The Finale was ideally paced and notably lively.’
Classical Source by Jens Fredriksen 

Mozart Allegro Maestoso - Sinfonia Concertante K364 Excerpt

Orpheus Leander Violinist   Yuri Zhislin - Violist

Music of the Spheres Ensemble  Luke Cleghorn - Conductor


Rimsky Korsakov - Scheherazade Symphonic Suite - III  The Young Prince and The Young Princess

Music of the Spheres Ensemble

Yair Dalal - Oud - Composer Orpheus Leander - Orchestral Leader & Solo Violin

George Hlawiczka - Conductor


Vivaldi Summer from the Four Seasons

Allegro ma non molto - Adagio - Presto

Orpheus Leander - Violinist

Bridget Cunningham - Conductor - Harpsichord

Music of the Spheres Ensemble  

Skalkottas 5 Greek Dances

Mozart - 'Dissonance' String Quartet     Finale - Allegro molto