Gina and Stephen joined forces in 2008 to explore the existing repertoire for piano and guitar music and to promote new compositions for the ensemble. They have performed to critical acclaim at the National Concert Hall Dublin as part of their lunchtime series .
“performances were nicely turned in a mild-mannered way. Michael Dervan, Irish Times, June 2010. Review of Kruger Reck Piano Guitar Duo National Concert Hall Dublin”.
Gina Kruger holds degrees in piano from the United States and a Diploma from the Royal College of Music. In Kansas, she has appeared with the Southeast Kansas Symphony as a winner of the Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the Naftzger Young Artist Awards. Her graduate studies at the University of Iowa focused on chamber music and vocal accompanying, including readings in church music and liturgy. In 1996 she became Lecturer at Grace University (Nebraska), teaching piano and music history, whilst pursuing piano studies during summers at the Vienna Hochschule under the guidance of Krassimira Jordan. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1998 which financed further music history studies in Paris through Columbia University. Her performance engagements in the Mid-west included solo recitals at Joslyn Art Museum, two broadcasts of solo piano works on Nebraska Public Radio, as well as solo and chamber concerts at numerous universities and churches.
Gina became Choral Director at Advent Lutheran Church (New York) in 1999. As an accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University, she appeared in such venues at Merkin Concert Hall, the Juilliard School, and Riverside Church.
Gina was Music Director at Hinde Street Methodist Church 2003-2007 and lectured at the City Literary Institute. She served as a vocal coach and singing teacher at Warminster School during the past academic year and currently instructs piano at the preparatory division of London College of Music and at Cokethorpe School in Witney, having recently re-located to Oxford. Gina appears frequently as a soloist and accompanist; venues have included St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Lauderdale House, St Pancras Church, St. Magnus the Martyr, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2001, she received the Fossat Award for Chamber Music from the Royal College of Music, resulting in a performance for the Queen of Denmark. She has served as an accompanist for the Abingdon Singing Festival and for Hand-Made Opera and Birkbeck Opera. Gina performed as a soloist and as part of a guitar-piano duo with guitarist Igor Paro in Altdorf, Switzerland, and in Hvar,Croatia in 2006. She returned to Hvar for concerts in August 2007 and to Groznjan, Croatia in April 2007 as a faculty member at the Jeunesses Musicales Vocal Arts Workshop.