Violinist Arnold Krueger was born in South Dakota and grew up in the southern Minnesota town of Owatonna. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1971 and joined the Minnesota Orchestra the following year. He has worked under five of the Orchestra’s ten music directors.
Krueger received inspiration and encouragement from both his parents—his mother, a pianist and organist, and his father, a high school orchestra conductor and string teacher. He began violin studies in third grade and was taught by his father until 12th grade. His other teachers included Isidor Saslav, Richard Roberts and Lea Foli, former concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. After graduating from college he performed with the Radisson Hotel’s Golden Strings, which presented three shows nightly in the Flame Room, its four-star restaurant.
He lives in Apple Valley with his wife Estee and has three children—two sons who are software engineers and a daughter who is a veterinary technician—and two grandsons. He volunteers actively at his church in grief ministry and service to homebound parishioners.