Laurentiu Sbarcea (Violoncello) was born in Rumania. After winning several awards in youth competitions already at an early age he became student of S. Antropov at the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory in Bucharest. He completed his studies with D. Schaffran in Moscow and M. Gendron in Paris and won subsequently major prizes at international cello competitions such as Marktneukirchen and Colmar. He has lived in Germany since 1984 and is second solo cellist of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Amongst his chamber music partners were Pavel Gililov, Martha Argerich and Homero Francesch and his current recitals with the Swiss pianist Ulrich Koella have received enthusiastic acclaim in German press. He currently teaches at the Köln Hochschule, department Aachen and gives master classes around the world.