Truls Mørk

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 Myung-Whun Chung, Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, and Christoph Eschenbach.

Forthcoming highlights include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra both in London (Yannick Nezet- Seguin) and Grafenegg Festival (Vladimir Jurowski) following their successful performance in Paris last season; the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Sakari Oramo); Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (David Zinman); NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Eivind Gullberg Jensen); Philharmonia Orchestra (Esa-Pekka Salonen); Wiener Symphoniker (James Gaffigan) and both the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck). This season also sees Mørk as Artist in Residence with the Oslo Philharmonic – the orchestra’s first project of this kind which will include two contrasting programmes and a recording. Last season he collaborated with Lisa Batiashvili performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (including a summer festival tour) and the Staatskapelle Dresden.

A dedicated chamber musician, Truls Mørk continues to give regular 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 the Variations for Cello and Piano - last presented at the Festival in this format by Jacqueline du Pré in 1970.

Truls Mørk is a committed performer of contemporary music and in spring 2012 gave the UK premiere of Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other premieres have included Pavel Haas’ Cello Concerto with the Wiener Philharmoniker (under Jonathan Nott), Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Charles Dutoit) and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras.

Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon was recorded for Ondine with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under John Storgårds and has been nominated for a 2012 Gramophone Award. 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. Other recordings include the Brahms Double Concerto with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly and Vadim Repin on Deutsche Grammophon, and Haflidi Hallgrímsson's works for cello and orchestra for Ondine. 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, Truls 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. Truls Mørk plays on the rare 1723 Domenico Montagnana ‘Esquire’.