Pianist Kerstin Mörk is one of the most versatile pianists of the younger generation. Hailed by the press for her “unbelievable technical perfection” and her “powerful but sensitive touch”, Mörk is enjoying an ever-growing reputation thanks to her vast repertoire of solo and chamber music as well as Lied and large-scale solo concerti.
Kerstin Mörk has performed at leading concert halls such as the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Semperoper in Dresden, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Philharmonie in Essen, Wagner’s Haus Wahnfried in Bayreuth and the Ljubljana Festival, among others. Mörk is also a welcome guest at Festivals including the Musiktage in Weingarten and the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg. Kerstin works regularly with the International Bach Academy and the Hugo Wolf Lied Academy in Stuttgart. Solo performances have included collaborations with the Akademisches Kammerorchester Karlsruhe, the Vidin Sinfonietta, the HSSO Valerius in The Hague, the Göppinger Kammerorchester and the Junge Philharmonie Karlsruhe.
Kerstin’s versatility is also manifest in the numerous chamber music formations and artists she engages with. Mörk collaborates closely with Bayreuth Festival guest soprano Mirella Hagen, with whom she published a Lied CD in January 2016 with works by Richard Strauss, Ludwig Thuille and Hugo Wolf under the label GENUIN, which received excellent press reviews. In addition, Mörk has been performing for years with violist Madeleine Przybyl, combining newly discovered repertoire with standard works as well as contemporary music in fascinating recital programmes. Mörk also performs with her younger sister Anja in the pianoduo mo:rk, both in four-hand and two-piano formations. Kerstin Mörk is member of the Parnassus-Akademie in Stuttgart and the group VisualsandVoices, whose live performances combine avant-garde music with video projections. Further chamber music partners include violinist Viktoria Kaunzner and singers such as Seda Amir-Karayan, Fanie Antonelou, Rabea Kramp, Christine Müller and Simon Tischler.
Born in Heilbronn, Kerstin Mörk studied under the tutelage of Renate Werner, Shoshana Rudiakov, Florian Wiek, Cornelis Witthoefft, Roger Muraro and Bernd Glemser at the State universities in Stuttgart and Würzburg as well as the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris and the Conservatoire de Montréal, graduating in MD in Piano and MD in Song Accompaniment with honours. Mörk recently received the “Masterclass diploma” of the Academy of Music Würzburg thanks to her excellent academic achievements.
Kerstin has also sought additional inspiration in masterclasses with Klaus Hellwig, Konrad Elser and Elisso Virsaladze and has worked regularly with the Fauré Quartet, Tabea Zimmermann, Wolfram Rieger and Gerold Huber.
Some of her numerous awards include the Extraordinary Prize for Piano Accompaniment at the International Lied Competition in Stuttgart (2012), a grant from the Deutsches Musikwettbewerb, an award at the Musikpreis of the Bruno Frey Foundation and second prize at the Bechstein University Piano Competition. Additionally, Mörk was promoted by the Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now Association and named Fellow at the Society of Friends of Stuttgart University and the Baden-Wüttemberg State Foundation.
Since 2014, Kerstin Mörk is part of the teaching staff in the singing class of Prof. Ulrike Sonntag at the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. The summer semester of 2016 will see her also work at the academy as Teaching Assistant for Prof. Florian Wiek in his Piano and Chamber Music class.