Truls Mørk CELLO

Truls Mørk’s reputation as a cellist of fierce intensity and grace has been built on performances throughout the world with the most distinguished orchestras. In Europe he has appeared with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; in North America, with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Cleveland orchestras amongst others. Conductor collaborations include performances with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach.

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Highlights this season include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski); the Philharmonia (Jakub Hrusa); the Berlin Philharmonic (Alan Gilbert); the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (James Gaffigan); the Philadelphia Orchestra (Yannick Nezet-Seguin) and tours with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Järvi) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Mariss Jansons).

A dedicated chamber musician, Mørk continues to give recitals at major venues throughout the world. As part of the 2011 Bergen International Festival he performed the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas over two evenings, together with Variations for Cello and Piano - last presented at the Festival in this format by Jacqueline du Pré in 1970. Last season saw Mørk return to the Bergen Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and the Wigmore Hall.

Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon was recorded for Ondine with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgårds and won the 2012 Gramophone Award for best Contemporary recording. Mørk’s recording of the highly acclaimed C.P.E. Bach Cello Concerti disc for Virgin Classics with Les Violons du Roy under Bernard Labadie was awarded a 2011 ECHO Klassik Award. He has also recorded Schumann's Cello Concerto with Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as the complete Bach Cello Suites, winning a Grammy Award in 2002.

Initially taught by his father, Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. His numerous awards include the Norwegian Critics’ Prize in 2011 and the 2010 Sibelius Prize. Mørk plays on the rare 1723 Domenico Montagnana ‘Esquire’. 

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