Truls Mørk

june 2007Truls Mørk’s compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time. He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Philharmonia, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations include Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christoph Eschenbach, amongst others. Truls Mørk continues to give regular recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the world. He is also a great champion of contemporary music and has given in excess of 30 premieres.

Truls Mørk has an impressive recording output and has recorded many of the great cello concertos for labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova and Chandos, many of which have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik.

Initially taught by his father, Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won a number of competitions such the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (1982), Cassadó Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the UNESCO Prize at the European Radio-Union competition in Bratislava (1983) and the Naumberg Competition in New York (1986).

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Photo credit: Stephane de Bourgies and Virgin Classics