Associate Principal Viola
Anna Kruger is an associate principal viola for San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and a principal viola for New Century Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Kruger is a professor of viola at California State University, Sacramento.
As founding violist of Lark Quartet from 1985 through 1998, Kruger has toured extensively throughout the United States and around the world. Notably, Lark Quartet won the Gold Medal in 1991 Shostakovitch International String Quartet Competition and 1990 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The quartet also received top prizes in the London, Melbourne, Paolo Borciani, Karl Klingler, and Banff International String Quartet Competitions. In 1998, the Quartet’s commission and premiere of String Quartet #2 by Aaron Jay Kernis won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Highlights of Kruger’s seasons with Lark Quartet included performances at Lockenhaus Festival in Austria at the invitation of Gidon Kremer, Beethoven Festival at Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Musicades Festival in France, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and Festival de Musica de Camera in Mexico.
A native of Columbus, Georgia, Kruger received her Bachelor of the Arts in Music in Viola from Indiana University, and her Master of Music in Viola from Manhattan School of Music. Her major teachers have included Abraham Skernick, Karen Tuttle, James Buswell, Burton Kaplan, and George Neikrug.