John Kruse: Clarinet Masterclass


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  • John Kruse, clarinet

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  • John Kruse, clarinet

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  • John Kruse, clarinet
John KruseMaster Classes & ResidenciesFREE

Principal clarinetist of the Royal Danish Orchestra conducts a masterclass with NEC clarinet students.

John Kruse began his studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in 1980 with solo clarinetist Jens Schou and in 1984 continued his studies at the Music Academy in Paris with Professor Guy Deplus. In 1987, Mr. Kruse joined the Royal Danish Orchestra where he was employed until 1989. That year, he was appointed solo clarinetist in the Odense Symphony Orchestra. From the summer of 2005, John Kruse was appointed 1st solo clarinetist in the Royal Danish Orchestra.

Mr. Kruse has received the Jacob Gade-scholarship and Holger Bruusgaards Grant. He has served on the jury of the first four Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competitions. Mr. Kruse has been a soloist with the Royal Danish Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Chamber Orchestra.

John Kruse has continuously sought further inspiration from international figures such as Michel Arrignon professor at Music Academy in Paris and His Deinzer, former professor in Hannover.

  • John Kruse, clarinet
  • NEC: Williams Hall | Directions

    290 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, MA
    United States

    Free - No ticket

    This concert does not require a ticket. Unreserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.

    This free concert requires a ticket. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.

    This free concert requires a ticket. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.

    This concert requires a ticket. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert's start time.

    This masterclass is free. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time.

    Dang Thai Son to Join NEC Faculty

    Vietnamese-Canadian Pianist Dang Thai Son is a renowned interpreter of Chopin’s music, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher.

    He earned First Prize at the Tenth Warsaw International Chopin Competition, received Poland's Gold Medal for Merit to Culture, and was the subject of feature-length documentary “The Cannon and the Flower.”

    Dang Thai Son at piano by Hirotoshi Sato

    New England Conservatory is pleased to announce the appointment of Dang Thai Son to our piano faculty. Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang was propelled to the forefront of the musical world in October 1980, when he was awarded the First Prize and Gold Medal at the Tenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It was the first time that a top international competition was won by an Asian pianist.

    Born in Hanoi in 1958, Dang began piano studies with his mother, Thai Thi Lien, co-founder of what is known today as the Vietnam National Academy of Music. As a boy taking refuge from the Vietnamese war in a remote village, Dang played on dilapidated pianos that were rescued from his mother’s school in Hanoi. Their story was told in a 2014 feature-length documentary, The Cannon and The Flower, by Story4. During a trip to Vietnam, Russian pianist Isaac Katz heard Dang play and encouraged him to undertake studies at the Moscow Conservatory. Dang’s teachers in Russia included Vladimir Natanson and Dmitri Bashkirov.

    Today, Dang is renowned as an interpreter of Debussy and Ravel and he has appeared as soloist with major orchestras around the world. Yet it is his ability to convey the beauty and tragedy of Chopin’s music that has brought him special acclaim. He was chosen by Deutsche Grammophon, in partnership with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, to be a featured artist in their recently released 2-volume recording of music of Chopin on period instruments. His extensive discography also includes a pair of 2017 releases: a recording of Schubert on JVC Kenwood and a collection of works by Paderewski that includes a concerto recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

    During the 2012-13 season, Dang Thai Son toured the world with the Beethoven Marathon – an ambitious program of all five Beethoven piano concertos. In 2016, he won Canada’s Prix Opus for Concert of the Year. He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Music Academy in Bydgoczsz, Poland, and is the subject of the biography A Pianist Loved by Chopin: The Dang Thai Son Story, published by Yamaha Music Media Corporation in 2003.

    Dang has taught at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Taipei National Normal University, and Université de Montréal and has presented master classes throughout the world. He has served on the juries of such prestigious international competitions as the Chopin in Warsaw, Rubinstein in Tel Aviv, Busoni in Bolzano, Hamamatsu, Cleveland and others. In November 2018, Dang was named as Specially Appointed Professor of Beijing Advanced Innovation Center of the China Conservatory of Music and in June 2019, he became the honorary/guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. Currently, he is on faculty at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

    Dang Thai Son will assume his teaching duties at NEC in Fall 2020.


    Photo by Hirotoshi Sato

    I am thrilled that Dang Thai Son will be joining the faculty at NEC next year. The combination of his extraordinary artistry and dedication to teaching are certain to benefit our students greatly, and I sincerely look forward to welcoming him as a new member of the NEC community.
    Tom Novak, NEC Vice President and Provost