A native of Norway, Morten Solvik grew up and received his education in the US (Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania) before moving to Austria, where he currently resides and works as an educator and musicologist. Solvik’s focus as a scholar focuses on the tantalizing connections between music and culture, especially with regard to Gustav Mahler and the turn of the century.
He is active as an author of essays (The Cambridge Companion to Mahler, Perspectives on Gustav Mahler, The Musical Quarterly), as a book editor (Mahler im Kontext/Contextualizing Mahler, Franz Schubert and His World), as a speaker at conferences and public venues, and as a contributor, writer, and consultant on documentary productions for radio and television (working with Thomas Hampson, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jason Starr, among others).
His activities in public musicology include his role as co-founder and Artistic Director of the Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee and his work as Board Director of the International Gustav Mahler Society and Vice President of Mahler Foundation. He is the Center Director of IES Abroad Vienna, a study abroad program for US university students.