Since its founding in 1990, the Kruse Duo (Penny Thompson Kruse, Violin and Steven Kruse, Viola ) has gained a reputation as an exciting chamber ensemble, exploring the rich literature and sonoric possibilites for violin and viola. The Kruse Duo has appeared as soloists with numerous orchestras in the United States, Vietnam, and Romania. They have also performed at various state, national, and international professional conventions, including the International Viola Congress, the American String Teachers Association, and the College Music Society. They have been invited to perform at the 37th International Viola Congress at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in July 2009.

With selections from Mozart to Martinu, their repertoire spans a wide range of musical styles. Performing on matching instruments made by the famed Carl Becker family of Chicago, the Kruses are known for their unique blend and oneness of musical expression. As educators, Steven and Penny Kruse work to make their performances particularly relevant for developing string students.

The Kruse Duo is available for orchestral performances, recitals, master classes, string clinics, and coachings.

Past Performances:

Primrose International Viola Festival (Coburn School, Los Angeles, CA)
XXXIX International Viola Congress (Wurzberg, Germany)
XXXVII International Viola Congress (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
State Philharmonic of Sibu (Romania)
XXXI International Viola Congress (Kronberg, Germany)
Detroit Institute of Art (Brunch with Bach)
Municipal Arts Center (Tainan, Taiwan)
Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Concert Hall (Hanoi, Vietnam)
The Huntington Library and Museum (San Marino, CA)
The Educational Alliance (New York, NY)
The University of Findlay (Findlay, OH)
Perrysburg Symphony (Perrysburg, OH)
Lima Symphony Orchestra (Lima, OH)
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD)
Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC)
College Music Society 45th Annual Meeting (Kansas City, MO)
Ohio Music Educators Association Conference (Cincinnati, OH)
College Music Society 43rd Annual Meeting (Toronto, Canada)

Master Classes:

University of South Dakota
Harrow International School (Bangkok, Thailand)
Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico)
National Chai-Yi University (Chiayi City, Taiwan)
Wolfgang Violin Studio (Singapore)
Albion College (Albion, MI)
Dah-Cherng Junior High School (Tainan, Taiwan)
National First Girl High School (Tainan, Taiwan)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC)
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory (Berea, OH)
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA)

Sample Repertoire:

Duos for Violin and Viola:

William Bolcom - Sessions II
J.C. Cannabich - Six Duets
Maurice Gardner - Suite
Joseph Gehot - Six Duos for Violin and Viola
G. F. Handel - Chaconne in G Major
Handel/Halvorsen - Passacaglia
Gordon Jacob - Adagio
Bohuslav Martin - Three Madrigals
David Maslanka - Montana Music: Fantasy on a Chorale Tune
W.A. Mozart - Duo in G Major, K. 423 and Duo in B-flat Major, K. 424
William Ryden - Three Rags
Vissarion Shebalin - Sonata for Violin and Viola, Op. 35
Heitor Villa-Lobos - Duo

Concertos for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra:

Kurt Atterberg - Svit No. 3, Op. 19, No. 1, for Violin, Viola, and Strings
Arthur Benjamin - Romantic Fantasy for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
W.A. Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra
David Snow - Jakarta for Violin, Viola, and Percussion Ensemble


“Family Dealings: How Did Carl Becker and Son Become so Successful?" The Strad, (Vol. 115, No. 1375), November 2004.

“Remembering Joseph and Lillian Fuchs," American String Teacher, (Vol. 53, No. 4), November 2003.

“Finding Harmony between East and West," Journal of the American Viola Society, (Vol. 19, No. 1), Spring 2003.

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