John Kruse is principal clarinettist in the Royal Danish Orchestra. He was engaged in 2005 after 16 years as solo clarinettist in the Odense Symphony Orchestra. 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 has recorded several CDs, including new Danish music for clarinet, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Mozart’s music for basset horn and Mozart’s and Carl Nielsen’s concertos for clarinet and orchestra. John Kruse is also a member of the Funen Wind Quintet and Trio Chalumeau and has been in the jury of the first five Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competitions. John Kruse has received the Jacob Gade Grant.