Soloists » Toke Møldrup, cello

“Toke Møldrup is without question among the most prominent musicians in Scandinavia.” This from the Danish newspaper Politiken, in response to the cellist’s recent CD debut. After his highly acclaimed debut concert from the cello studio of Morten Zeuthen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2005, Toke Møldrup has given concerts in some of the worldʼs major concert halls, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Daiichi Seimei Hall in Tokyo, and the Musikverein in Vienna. He has won several international awards, including first prize at the European Broadcast Unionʼs “New Talent” Competition in Bratislava in 2007, and first prize at the Danish String Competition in 2006. In 2003, as a member of the Paizo Quartet, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the 4th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. In Denmark Toke Moldrup has received numerous grants and honors, including the Jacob Gades Prize, the Harby Prize, and the Danish Music Critics’ Artist Award. In addition to his studies in Copenhagen, Cologne, Chicago, Karlsruhe, Zagreb, Vienna, and his birthplace of Aarhus Toke Møldrup has participated in various master classes, for example Kronberg Academy in Germany and the London Master Classes, with artists such as Valter Despalj, David Geringas, Ralph Kirschbaum, Yo-Yo Ma, György Kurtág, the Amadeus Quartet, and the Alban Berg Quartet. As a soloist he has played with many orchestras in Denmark, including Aarhus and Odense symphony orchestras as well as the Copenhagen Phil, and abroad with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bratislava Radio Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Aldo Ceccato, Mika Eischenholz, Morten Ryelund Sørensen, Sanntu-Matias Rauvalla and Joshua Weilerstein. Toke Møldrup’s chamber music partners include 3 of Denmark’s other top cellists: Jakob Kullberg, Morten Zeuthen and Henrik Dam Thomsen. Together they form the Copenhagen Cello Quartet. He performs often with young Danish accordeon star Bjarke Mogensen and Israeli pianist Yaron Kohlberg, with whom he recently released the CD Passionate with works by, Ginastera, Shostakovich and Stravinsky among others. Over and above Mr. Møldrupʼs strong focus on the standard cello repertoire, he has a keen interest in numerous other musical genres, and particularly in contemporary Danish music. Danish composers such as Simon Steen-Andersen, Anders Koppel, Per Nørgaard and Kasper Rofelt have all dedicated works to him. By day, Toke Møldrup is solo cellist in the Sjællands Symfoniorkester/Copenhagen Phil. Lately the Augustinus Foundation has put a rare cello by David Tecchler, Rome 1697, at his disposal.