Top cellist is out for weeks with skiing injury

Top cellist is out for weeks with skiing injury


norman lebrecht

February 14, 2014

Truls Mork has pulled out of Philadelphia’s Carnegie date next week after damaging his shoulder in a ski fall. We wish him a swift recovery.

Carnegie, for the second time today, tells us that someone else has ‘graciously’ agreed to step in.

If we see that adverb again, we shall start being very ungracious towards Carnegie Hall. Respect the language, not the lexicon of the music business. Press release follows.



(February 14, 2014, New York, NY)―Carnegie Hall today announced that cellist Johannes Moser has graciously agreed to step in for Truls Mørk as soloist in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage next Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Mørk has withdrawn from this appearance due to an injury to his shoulder as a result of a skiing accident; he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming weeks. The remainder of the orchestra’s program—to include Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen: A Study for 23 Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”—remains the same. This concert marks Mr. Moser’s Carnegie Hall debut.

This February 21 performance will air on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and on stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media.






  • Jeffrey Levenson says:

    Why would a cellist go skiing? Nuts.

  • Abe says:

    i have graciously agreed to perform a Carnegie hall. I would have had the day off from performing but I could not let an orchestra go without a cellist for its concerto at this particular venue. i know there are few cellists willing to step in at this venue.

  • Dave T says:

    Wonder how much grace Moser agreed to. Must have cost Philly plenty.

  • Neil van der Linden says:

    Indeed, perhaps it is irresponsible to do such sports when one has a profession like that. He will have an insurance (which I think should be at a hefty price), but all the concert venues that have to look for a replacement, unnecessary extra work.

  • peggy says:

    Why wouldn’t a cellist — as would any other person — want to lead a normal life and be able to enjoy his hobbies?