Violinist Arnold Krueger has always experienced the value of music in his life. A Minnesota native, he grew up in Owatonna, his father a high school orchestra conductor and his mother a church organist. His love for orchestral music began as a young child when his parents brought him to hear a Minneapolis Symphony concert, an event they made a twice-yearly tradition. Developing a strong wish to be one of those impressive musicians on stage at Northrop Auditorium, he began studying the violin in fourth grade with the goal firmly in his mind of one day achieving his dream.
The day came in 1972, one year after graduation from the University of Minnesota, when he won his first audition and was hired as a full-time musician for this wonderful orchestra. He had already been well-steeped in the traditions of the orchestra, having studied closely with several concertmasters and assistant concertmasters of the Minnesota Orchestra during his time at the U of M, where he served as concertmaster of the university orchestra for two years. He has appreciated the honor and opportunity to play for five music directors during his tenure at the Minnesota Orchestra: Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Sir Neville Marriner, Edo de Waart, Eiji Oue, and Osmo Vänskä. To live his dream on a daily basis has made his life one of joy and purpose.