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 – a position that is further strengthened with this week’s Grammy nomination.

In the category ‘Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)’ which is awarded to the instrumental soloist(s) and to the conductor, Norwegian master cellist Truls Mørk is nominated to a Grammy award with his recording of Schumann’s Cello Concerto; Block with the Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France conducted by Paavo Järvi.

The nominees in the category are:

-Beethoven: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3 Claudio Abbado, conductor; Martha Argerich (Mahler Chamber Orchestra) [Deutsche Grammophon]

-Concerto For String Quartet And Orchestra Robert Craft, conductor; Fred Sherry String Quartet (Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble) Track from: Schoenberg: Concerto For String Quartet And Orchestra

-Eventide JoAnn Falletta, conductor; Thomas Stacy (London Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Fuchs: An American Place

-Schumann: Cello Concerto; Bloch: Schelomo Paavo Järvi, conductor; Truls Mørk (Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)
[Virgin Classics]

UFO Marin Alsop, conductor; Evelyn Glennie (Colorado Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories

2002 saw Mørk winning a Grammy for his release ‘Britten: Cello Suites’.

The 48th Grammy awards take place in Los Angeles on 8 February 2006.

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.

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’s upcoming engagements include two concerts in late December in St. Petersburg with the city’s philharmonic society. sd
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