Truls Mrk


Truls Mrks compelling performances, combining fierce intensity, integrity and grace, have established him as one of the pre-eminent cellists of our time.


He is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mnchner Philharmoniker,Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In North America he has appeared withthe New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor collaborations includeMariss Jansons, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nzet-Sguin and Christoph Eschenbach, amongst others.


During the 2016/17 seasonTruls Mrk will be Artist-in-Residence with the Gothenburg Symphony which will include both concerto performances and chamber music.Hecontinues to give regular recitals at major venues and festivals throughout the world- he was one of the featured artists at the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and will return to the Verbier Festival in 2017.


A great champion of contemporary music,Truls Mrkhas given in excess of 30 premieres. These includeRautavaarasTowards the Horizonwith the BBC Symphony Orchestra/JohnStorgrds,Pavel Haas Cello Concerto with Wiener Philharmoniker/Jonathan Nott, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit and Haflidi Hallgrimssons Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras.


With an impressive recording output, Truls Mrk has recorded many of the great cello concertos for labels such as Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova and Chandos many of which have won international awards including Gramophone, Grammy, Midem and ECHO Klassik awards. These include Dvo?ksConcerto (Mariss Jansons/Oslo Philharmonic), Britten’sCello Symphony and Elgar’sConcerto (Sir Simon Rattle/CBSO), Miaskovsky Concerto and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante (Paavo Jrvi/CBSO), Dutilleux(Myung-Whun Chung/Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), CPE Bach(Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy), Haydn’sConcertos (Iona Brown/Norwegian Chamber Orchestra),RautavaarasTowards the Horizon (JohnStorgrds/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)as well as thecomplete Bach Cello Suites and Britten Cello Suites. His most recent recordings include Shostakovichs Concertos with the Oslo PhilharmonicOrchestra/Vasily Petrenko, works for cello and orchestra by Massenet with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/NeemeJrviand the Saint-Saens Concertos together with the Bergen PhilharmonicOrchestra/NeemeJrvi.


Initially taught by his father, Truls Mrk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won a number of competitions such asthe Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition (1982), Cassado Cello Competition in Florence (1983), the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union competition in Bratislava (1983) and the Naumberg Competition in New York (1986).