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.
A telling indication of Mørk’s status and international demand is a look at the coming fall season:
In September Mørk will play twelve consecutive nights in Stockholm with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra before he heads for America and a series of four concerts in Washington with the National Symphony Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin.
Throughout October he will give concert series in Moscow, Madrid and Zurich, while November sees him in Germany and France before he returns to the US to give seven performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra starting on the 16th.sd
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