Truls Mørk, who was born in 1961, first studied the cello with his father, before going on to further studies under Frans Helmerson, Heinrich Schiff, and Natalia Schakowskaya. He made a big impression at a number of international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982, the Cassado Competition in Florence in 1983, and the Naumburg Competition in New York in 1986. Those successes led to engagements with outstanding orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He has worked with Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Manfred Honeck, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, among others. He is a lover of contemporary music and has premiered more than thirty works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Einojuhani Rautavaara, John Storgårds, and Pavel Haas, among others. He founded the Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, of which he is artistic director. His extensive discography (on Virgin, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, and Ondine) includes benchmark versions of the Shostakovich concertos and Britten suites.