Benjamin Krug

This week, we feature cellist Benjamin Krug, who will also join us this Saturday for the Living Room Series! Born in El Paso Texas, Benjamin grew up in six different cities all over the world before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music for his masters, where he met fellow RPO cellist and bestie, Lars Kirvan! In 2008, Lars and Ben both auditioned for the RPO and won two spots in the same year!

Benjamin Krug

๐‰๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ: I was attending a Greenville Symphony Orchestra concert at age six when my mother pointed to the cello section and asked โ€œhow about you play that instrument??โ€ (๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด, ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฉ ๐˜’๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜จ!) I always loved the cello as itโ€™s the instrument closest to the human voice โฃโฃ
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๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ฅ๐›๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ The Bach Cello Suites. They are like โ€œthe Bibleโ€ for cellists: some of the most beautiful music ever written in the Western Hemisphere and musically so diverse. โฃโฃโฃ
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๐‡๐จ๐›๐›๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: I love running long-distance (๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜™๐˜—๐˜– ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ˆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜–๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ) spending time with family, and playing hide-and-go-seek with my little devon-rex cat, Pippa ๐Ÿ˜ปโฃโฃ
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๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐‘๐จ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: attending Third Presbyterian Church (where I often enjoy performing at virtual church services), visiting Highland Park, and finding new restaurants with outdoor seating!โฃ โฃโฃ
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๐…๐ฎ๐ง ๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ: From age 11, I had the amazing privilege of attending American Boychoir School and performed around the world as a boy soprano.ย ย From 1992 to 1996, I had the opportunity to perform Beethovenโ€™s 9th Symphony with the New York Philharmonic for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations,ย โ€œCuckoo Lullabyโ€ with Wynton Marsalis, and โ€œWozzeckโ€ with the Cleveland Orchestra.ย ย You can also hear my mini solo in the opening of the movie โ€œInterview of the Vampireโ€ from 1994โ€ฆfifteen seconds of fame! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโฃโฃ

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