Hailing from Greenville, South Carolina, Barbara Kristine Kruta is a professional cellist,
arranger, composer, and music producer now living in Brooklyn, New York.
Both a committed studio artist and performer, Kristine has contributed to countless albums, film scores, and live performances since moving to New York in 2008. These include national broadcasts for America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, T-Mobile, GE, Switched at Birth, Jane by Design, MTV’s Top 100 Music Videos, and soundtracks for Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, First Run Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Brooklyn Film Fest. In 2016, Kruta composed original music for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, and has collaborated with several independent and commercial recording artists including the Eagles, Vince Gill, Metro Boomin, Kaki King, Lauryn Hill, Casey Benjamin, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Aminé, Anderson .Paak, Shawn Mendes, K.Flay, De La Soul, Common, Estelle, BJ The Chicago Kid, Brandy Clark, Jacky Cheung, Rob Roth, hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar, OBERHOFER, The Wonder Years, Ace Enders, Violents & Monica Martin, Tim Kubart,
Scott Bradlee, and more.
As a producer and orchestrator, Kristine founded Little Kruta - a multi-genre orchestra for contracting and recording. Little Kruta has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live!, Brooklyn's Barclay's Center, and more. Little Kruta also works to provide free orchestrations and orchestral recordings for artists who cannot otherwise afford such. Using crowd-funding platform PATREON, Little Kruta pays each musician and engineer, so the artist is able to create with an entire orchestra, strings, or brass (whatever their choosing) for free.
Join the movement at patreon.com/littlekruta.
As a solo cellist, Kristine has appeared with GRAMMY award-winning country artist Brandy Clark, served with the cast of Aladdin for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Gypsy of the Year, as well as in both the Off-Broadway production and cast recording of Stars of David and the Off-Broadway production and cast recording of The Actual Dance, Corey Mach's Broadway Sings showcases, Broadway Sings Andrew McMahon, and Eli Zoller's O Pioneer Band.
She has written, arranged, and recorded music for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Milan, Italy's Fashion Week (2016), worked as co-creative director of strings for
critically-acclaimed hiphop/RnB violinist Damien Escobar's new album "Boundless" and appeared with the Miami-based contemporary ensemble Nu Deco.