Prof. Martin Maria Krüger
Martin Maria Krüger was born in Solingen, Germany in 1954. He began studying the guitar as a private student under Siegfried Behrend in Berlin and continued under Dieter Kirsch at the College of Music in Würzburg where he also majored in drum / kettledrum playing. There he successfully passed his state examinations in both fields of study. As a soloist, chamber musician and Siegfried Behrend's partner in the Deutsches Gitarrenduo, he has had the opportunity to perform around the world. In 1982, Krüger became the director of the Hermann Zilcher Conservatory in Würzburg, and from 1987 to 2008, served as director of the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. As the spokesperson for the Bavarian Academies of Music, he has been a driving force in their transferral - with the exception of Munich - into the university field. From 2001 to 2004, he chaired the working group responsible for German music academies and conservatories. In 2003, he became the president of the German Music Council which represents the organisations of German musical life as an umbrella association and organises important funding projects financed largely by the federal government. In the same year, Krüger was appointed to the board of directors of the International Music Council (IMC), a UNESCO non-governmental organisation headquartered in Paris.