Initially taught by his father, Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk continued his studies with Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff, and Natalia Schakowskaya. In his early career he won the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition, Cassado Cello Competition in Florence, the Unesco Prize at the European Radio-Union Competition in Bratislava, and the Naumberg Competition in New York. Since that time he has made regular appearances with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In North America he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Boston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He makes his San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.
A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Mørk has given more than thirty premieres including Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (also recorded for Ondine), Pavel Haas’s Cello Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic, Krzysztof Penderecki's Concerto for Three Cellos with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Cello Concerto, co-commissioned by the Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, and Scottish Chamber orchestras.
Mr. Mørk’s recordings for the Virgin Classics, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Ondine, Arte Nova, and Chandos labels have received Gramophone, Grammy, Midem, and ECHO Klassik awards. Notable releases include Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Mariss Jansons conducting the Oslo Philharmonic, Britten's Cello Symphony and Elgar's Cello Concerto with Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante with Paavo Järvi and the CBSO, Dutilleux with Myung-Whun Chung leading the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, C.P.E. Bach with Bernard Labadie conducting Les Violons du Roy, Haydn's concertos with Iona Brown conducting the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, as well as the complete Bach cello suites and Britten cello suites. His most recent recordings include Shostakovich’s concertos with the Oslo Philharmonic, works for cello and orchestra by Massenet with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Saint-Saëns concertos with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.