Kjell Mørk Karlsen
Organist and composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen (b. 1947) is one of the most profiled and respected figures in Norwegian cultural life,
strongly committed both to his art and to cultural management.
Mørk Karlsen showed interest in composition at an early age, when he was given the task by his father of transcribing early choral music by composers such as Schütz and Praetorius and providing it with Norwegian texts. The close contact with early classical vocal polyphony has had a great influence on his own music.
A number of Mørk Karlsen’s works have been commissioned by Norwegian and international cultural institutions. He has been awarded several prizes and has won a number of composition contests. In addition to his work as church musician and composer, he has held many positions in various Norwegian cultural, church, and professional associations.
Listen to selected samples of Kjell Mørk Karlsens work, both as a composer and musician.