Playing is Sharing
Morten Zeuthen, cello, occupies a central position amongst Denmark's string players.
He studied under Paul Tortelier and Asger Lund Christiansen, and, for shorter study periods, Mstislav Rostropovich and Arto Noras.
As professor of cello at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Morten Zeuthen has been leading a blooming, international class of cellists since his appointment in 1996. His pupils have during the years won around 50 prizes at cello competitions, and positions in top-professional orchestras, for instance his students have three times in a row won first prize in The Danish String Competition.
Zeuthen strives to create a strong cello community at DKDM for ALL cellists studying at DKDM, frequently playing for each other, discussing, recording and having fun. The DKDM cellists have a great yearly cello ensemble concert. DKDM cellists are sharing…
Zeuthen is sharing tips, tricks and opinions at masterclasses at high ranked music academies all over the world, like Manhattan School of Music, Beijing CCOM, in Sydney, Karlsruhe, Sibelius Academy, Finland, Musikhøgskolen, Oslo, New World Symphony, Miami, at Krakow Academy, Geneve, Indiana, Tianjin, Bruxelles, Jerusalem Arts Center… he has been teaching in most of the schools more than once.
In 2020 Zeuthen released his book “Close the Door behind you”, a practicing strategy for demanding classical music. He is doing lectures on this book in Denmark and internationally. The elite sports coaches have invited him too.
As cello soloist, Zeuthen is active in a variety of fields.
In 2006 the Japanese “Suzuki Classical Review” found Zeuthen's recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites the best out of the 110 recordings available, and the recording received the Danish Grammy for Best Classical Recording in 1994
The CD, “L’Homme Armé” with contemporary Danish solo music for cello was awarded the Classical Solo Recording of 2006.
He has been the soloist with all professional Danish symphony orchestras, performing the standard cello concertos and new concertos.
He often appears in duo recitals with pianist Amalie Malling. The duo has performed at venues like Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Casals Hall, Tokyo, forbitten City Concert Hall, Beijing. The duo has released several CD's.
In 2016 Zeuthen's new CD with pianist Daniel Blumenthal was released on SIMAX: this is complete cello/piano music of French Paul Bazelaire (1886-1958). More than 80% of this beautiful and original music has never been recorded before.
With three quite former star students - now leading national players, Henrik Dam Thomsen, Toke Møldrup and Jakob Kullberg - he in 2008 formed Copenhagen Cello Quartet, performing mostly original compositions for this unique, strong sounding type of chamber ensemble.
As chamber player Morten Zeuthen was a founding member of the legendary Kontra String Quartet from 1976 to 2000, the ensemble was very popular, and toured Europe, Japan, and the USA. For three years the quartet was full time employed as Danish State Representative Ensemble. The Quartet has recorded all the string quartets written by close to all major Danish composers, summing up to more than 30 CDs. The Quartet has been awarded The Gramophone Record of the Year, has been twice nominated for the Nordic Counsel’s Music Prize, received the special prize for the year’s new music recording at the MIDEM festival in Cannes, etc.
As first solo cellist Zeuthen worked in the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra from l978 to 1997. He has toured much of the world and worked with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. He served as duo partner at Yo Yo Ma´s encore with this orchestra, in “Schildkrötchen Boggie”, and as first solo in Vivaldi double concerto with Bobby McFerrin.
Before this he was 2nd solo cellist at The Royal Danish Orchestra for 4 years.
Morten Zeuthen is Knight of the Dannebrog. He plays his 1845 Giuseppe Rocca cello.