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Grammy-award Winning Cellist, Truls Mørk, to play Dvořák
24 & 25 April

15 April 2009

Hong Kong 15 April 2009Norwegian Cellist Truls Mørk joins the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) in Truls Mørk plays Dvořák under the baton of Maestro Edo de Waart on 24 and 25 April (Fri and Sat) at 8pm at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.

Following his memorable performances with the HKPO in 2005, Mørk returns in Dvořák’s popular Cello Concerto in B minor. The programme starts with Brahms’ Tragic Overtureand closes with his Symphony No. 3.


“Why on earth didn’t I know that one could write a cello concerto like this? If I had only known, I would have written one long ago!”  Praised Brahms, Dvořák’s friend and mentor, on the latter’s famed Cello Concerto in B minor. The first movement of the concerto starts with a lengthy introduction by the orchestra with the clarinet, ushering in the main theme which offers plenty of opportunities to exploit the soloist’s virtuosity. The second theme – a particular favourite of Dvořák’s – allows the cello to bare its soul in music of unforgettable lyricism. 

Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 is notable for its unity and achieved by the use of a “motto theme” – a rising sequence of three notes, F, A flat and F. This particular “motto theme” had been devised by Brahms in 1853 to represent the words “frei aber froh” (“free but happy”) to counter a comment frequently made by the violinist Joachim, “frei aber einsam” (“free but lonely”).  On the 4-movement work, Clara Schumann declared that “all the movements seem to be of one piece, one beat of the heart, each one a jewel!”

Brahms composed two of his most famous works, the Academic Festival Overture, a playful, rousing medley of student songs, and the Tragic Overture in 1880.It opens with two biting chords, like the hammer, blows of fate, and finishes angrily and decisively after a building up of lyricism, expressiveness and passages of wintry desolation.

Edo de Waart, conductor
Edo de Waart is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, having held distinguished positions as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Opera, as well as Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. This is his 5th season with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Truls Mørk, cello

"Stylistically unfettered, technically polished and musically uncompromising, Mørk lets nothing come between us and the music except his artistry"
The Independent

Truls Mørk is a celebrated artist who performs with the most distinguished orchestras, including the New York, Berlin, Munich and London Philharmonics. Mørk’s European appearances have included the BBC Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Concertgebouw, Staatskapelle Dresden and Bayerischen Rundfunks. In North America he has worked with the orchestras of Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Cleveland, amongst others. During the 2007/08 season, Mørk was Artist in Residence at the Bamberger Symphoniker. His recording of the Shostakovich Concerti, with the London Philharmonic and Mariss Mariss Jansons has been nominated for a Grammy, and in 2001 he received the Grammy Award – Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, for his Britten Cello Suites.

Truls Mørk plays Dvořák
24 & 25-4-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
HK City Hall Concert Hall
Ticket Price: HK$300 $250 $200 $150
Weekday 10% discount

Edo de Waart conductor
Truls Mørk cello

Brahms Tragic Overture
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor

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Truls Mørk

Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. The Orchestra also builds its reputation and raises its artistic standards by touring. In 2008/09 season the Orchestra performed in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

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