European tour for Truls Mørk

Norway’s leading cellist, Truls Mørk, heads out on a European tour in late May with Helene Grimaud and Lisa Batiashvili.

Truls Mørk 2009 (photo: Stèphane de Bourgies/Virgin Classics)

Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk occupies a position at the apex of international classical music and is widely regarded one of the leading cellists of today.

May sees Mørk heading out on a tour of Germany, Spain and Luxembourg with Helene Grimaud og Lisa Batiashvili. The programme features Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata Op.40 and Schumann’s Trio No.1.

Truls Mørk initiated his professional career by winning a series of international competitions, among them the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982, thus becoming the first Scandinavian musician to win this prestigious contest.

From this bright start Mørk rapidly ascended in the world of international classical soloists and despite some setbacks due to his Norwegian origin –not an asset relating to the big markets of classical music- and the lack of a proper agent, he made his final international breakthrough in 1988.

Since then he has performed with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors. Established as one of the world’s most sought-after cellists his career now typically sends him travelling around the world –his cello, a 1723 Domenico Montagnana, in the airplane seat beside him- 250 days a year.

Of his many recordings for Virgin Classics several have been awarded, winning him a Grammy as well as other prestigious prizes.

Mørk is famous for the great dynamism of his playing; oscillating from fierce intensity to utmost grace, not only in the music itself but also in the onstage physical performance. This has made him a favourite among audiences, because rather than drawing attention away from the music, watching Mørk play magnifies the experience of the exquisite music that flows from the cello.

Truls Mørk is a Virgin Classics artist and recent recordings include Chopin’s cello sonata together with transcriptions for cello and piano with Kathryn Stott, the Schumann Cello Concerto with Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the complete Bach suites. This season will also see the release of the Brahms Double concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Chailly with Vadim Repin on the Deutsche Grammophon label and Haflidi Hallgrímsson's works for cello and orchestra for Ondine.

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