Jan Grüning was born in Munich in 1984. Following private education from Gerd Michael Herbig, he studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in the class of Barbara Westphal from 2003 to 2008. In 2010 Jan enrolled in the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Kim Kashkashian’s. Jan has participated and performed at various festivals and master classes both in Europe and North America – such as Sarasota/Florida, Bowdoin/Maine, Orford/Canada, the Verbier Festival, the IMS Prussia Cove and the International Tibor Varga Academy in Sion. On such occasions he had the chance to gain experience in working with internationally distinguished artists like Yuri Bashmet, Robert Levin, Lars Anders Tomter and Jean Sulem. Private studies with Ferenc Rados have had a great impact on his musical development.
Jan was first prize winner of several youth competitions in the categories of violin solo, viola solo and string quartet and in 2005 he was awarded the Marie-Luise Imbusch foundation prize. A prestigious scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) enabled him to study in Boston. An avid chamber musician, Jan has collaborated with musicians such as Claudio Bohorquéz, Adrian Brendel, Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Markus Groh and Daishin Kashimoto (Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic); concerts of his have been broadcasted on both TV (Phoenix TV) and Radio (NDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur).