Truls Mørk

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Truls Olaf Otterbech Mørk (born 25 April 1961) is a Norwegian cellist. Born in Bergen, Norway to a cellist father and a pianist mother, his mother began teaching him the piano when he was seven. Mørk also played the violin, but soon switched to the cello, taking lessons from his father.

Mørk began his studies with Frans Helmerson at 17 at Edsberg Music Institute. An admirer of Mstislav Rostropovich and the Russian school of cello, Mørk went on to study with the Russian cellist Natalia Shakhovskaya.

In 1982, Mørk became the first Scandinavian musician to reach the finals of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow since Arto Noras in 1966, and won the sixth prize. He subsequently went on to win second prize at the 1986 Naumburg Competition in New York and, in 1986, the Cassado Cello Competition in Florence. In 1989, he embarked on his first major concert tour, soloing with many of the finest orchestras of Europe. In 1994, he toured the United States with the Oslo Philharmonic, including debuts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Mørk's discography includes an award-winning recordings of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos and of Bach's Suites for Solo Cello. He has recorded for such labels as Virgin Classics and harmonia mundi. Mørk's interest in chamber music led to the foundation of the International Chamber Music Festival of Stavanger.

In April 2009, Mørk experienced an infection of the central nervous system, presumably caused by a tick bite he received in the United States in 2006, with subsequent encephalitis, and paralysis in the shoulder muscles of the left arm. In the autumn of 2009, he expressed concern that he might never be able to perform again. After 18 months away from concert activity, during which time he was awarded the 2010 Sibelius Prize, Mørk resumed his career.

Mørk holds a Professorship at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo. He performs on a rare Domenico Montagnana cello (Venice, 1723), whose scroll was made by Stradivarius. SR Bank of Norway purchased the cello, which is on loan to him.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Russian Cello Sonatas Truls Mørk, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lars Vogt 2
1994 Cello Concertos Joseph Haydn; Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Iona Brown, Truls Mørk 1
1996 Cello Concertos 1 & 2 Shostakovich; Truls Mørk, Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic Orchestra 1
1997 Prokofiev, Shostakovich: Cello Sonatas / Stravinsky: Suite italienne Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky; Truls Mørk, Lars Vogt 1
1998 Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante / Miaskovsky: Cello Concerto Sergei Prokofiev, Nicolai Miaskovsky; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Truls Mørk 1
1999 Britten: Cello Symphony / Elgar: Cello Concerto Britten, Elgar; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle, Truls Mørk 1
2000 Cello Concerto / Symphony no. 8 "Minnesota" Harald Sæverud; Truls Mørk, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Ole Kristian Ruud 1
2001 Cello Suites nos. 1-3 Britten; Truls Mørk 1
2001 Colored Field / Musica Celestis / Air Aaron Jay Kernis; Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue, Truls Mørk 1
2002 Cello Sonata / String Quartet Grieg; Truls Mørk, Håvard Gimse, Sølve Sigerland, Atle Sponberg, Lars Anders Tomter 2
2004 Pro & Contra Arvo Pärt; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Truls Mørk 1
2005 Cello Suites Bach; Truls Mørk 5 1
2005 Schumann: Cello Concerto / Bloch: Schelomo / Bruch: Kol Nidrei Robert Schumann, Ernest Bloch, Max Bruch; Truls Mørk, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Paavo Järvi 1
2006 Dvořák: Cello Concerto / Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations Dvořák, Tchaikovsky; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, Truls Mørk 1
2007 Atterberg: Cello Concerto / Brahms/Atterberg: String Sextet in G major Kurt Atterberg, Johannes Brahms; The Symphony Orchestra of NorrlandsOperan, Kristjan Järvi, Truls Mørk 1
2007 Nocturne: Cello Sonata / Transcriptions Chopin; Truls Mørk, Kathryn Stott 1
2008 String Quintet in C / String Quartet No. 12 'Quartettsatz' Schubert; Artemis Quartet, Truls Mørk 1
2009 Truls Mørk plays Hallgrímsson: Cello Concerto / Herma Hafliði Hallgrímsson; Truls Mørk, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds 1
2011 Cello Concertos CPE Bach; Truls Mørk, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie 1
2012 Orchestral Works, Volume 2 Johan Svendsen; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Truls Mørk 1
2014 Cello Concertos Shostakovich; Truls Mørk, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Cello Concertos Truls Mørk 1
2006 Concertos - Symphonies Chostakovitch; Cristina Ortiz, David Oistrakh, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Truls Mørk, Paavo Berglund, Maxime Chostakovitch, Mariss Jansons, Andrew Davis 1

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