Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk was presented with the 2010 Sibelius Prize at his first concert in his home country for two years. The NOK100,000 (£11,000) award from the Sibelius Foundation recognises musicians who have made a major contribution to promoting links between Finnish and Norwegian musical life. Previous winners include violinist Henning Kraggerud (2008) and conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste (2006).
Mørk was on stage in Oslo's Konserthus to play the Dvo?ák Concerto with the Oslo Philharmonic. The 49-year-old has only recently begun performing again after recovering from a rare form of encephalitis. The debilitating illness, which led to paralysis of his left shoulder muscles, kept him away from the concert platform for 18 months.
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