The Orford String Quartet was formed 46 years ago at the Jeunesses-Musicales du Canada summer camp at Parc national du Mont-Orford (today the Orford Arts Centre) and gave its first public concert on August 11, 1965. Through its many recordings and tours both at home and abroad, the Orford String Quartet became one of Canada's best-known and most illustrious musical ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Quartet disbanded, giving its last concert on July 28, 1991. In July 2009 the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor, giving its first concert for a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre. In the short time since its creation, the New Orford Quartet has seen astonishing success, giving two concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including three Opus Award nominations for Concert of the Year.