Truls Mørk - celebrated Norwegian cellist, almost lost a career to a tick bite.

Truls Mørk With Eivind Gullberg Jensen And The NDR Symphony – Bergen Festival 2012 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert.

Truls Mørk – celebrated Norwegian cellist, almost lost a career to a tick bite.

Truls Mørk, cello – North German Radio Symphony – Eivind Gullberg Jensen, cond. 2012 Bergen Festival – May 28, 2012 –

An all-Tchaikovsky concert this week featuring the North German Radio Symphony, led by Eivind Gullberg Jensen during the 2012 Bergen Festival – recorded at Grieg Hall on May 28, 2012 by NRK-Radio. The Concert begins with Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with Norwegian cellist Tuls Mørk as soloist. The concert continues with a performance of the 4th Symphony and ends with the 5th Symphony.

Truls Olaf Otterbech Mørk was born in Bergen, Norway to a cellist father, John Fritjof Mørk, and a pianist mother, Turid Otterbech. 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 City 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.

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 100% recovered.

Eivind Gullberg Jensen is an experienced conductor with an extensive repertoire range, he is recognised for his knowledgeable and insightful interpretations. Following a majority vote by the orchestra musicians, his new role in The Netherlands runs for an initial period of three years.

During the 2021/22 season, Jensen debuts in North America with Orchestre symphonique de Québec and Utah Symphony Orchestra, and in Europe with Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Wermland Operas Orkest. He returns to Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Filharmonia Poznańska, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, and twice visits Noord Nederlands Orkest, including a performance at the historic Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Enjoy the concert, particularly if you’re a Tchaikovsky fan.

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