John Kruse is first clarinettist in the Royal Danish Orchestra. He was engaged in 2005 after 16 years as first clarinettist in the Odense Symphony Orchestra. John Kruse has been awarded the Gade Grant. He trained at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense with Jens Schou as his teacher, and at the Paris Conservatoire with Professor Guy Deplus. John Kruse is a member of the Funen Wind Quintet and Trio Chalumeau.