Kathrin Tröger studied modern violin at the Basel Music Academy under Adelina Oprean.
During her course, she was intensively committed to chamber music (under Walter Levin, Hatto Beyerle, Gérard Wyss and Jörg Wyttenbach). She was also already interested in historical performance practice and playing on historical instruments. After her graduation with distinction in Basel she received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to continue her studies under Erich Gruenberg (modern violin) and Simon Standage (Baroque violin) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She rounded out her studies with masterclasses with Klaus Maetzel, Henry Meyer, the Vienna Schubert Trio, Sigiswald Kuijken, and others.
After completing her studies, Kathrin Tröger continued her chamber music activities on historical instruments in sonata programmes with fortepiano, in piano trios and, finally, in a string quartet. She thus played in the Salagon Quartet from 2004 to 2008, which performed at the Festival Rencontres Musicales de Haute Provence, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Fränkischen Sommer, and at the Festival de Saintes, among others. In early 2006 (for Joseph Martin Kraus’s 250th birthday) the Salagon Quartet presented a CD with five string quartets (including two first recordings) by J. M. Kraus on the Stuttgart label CARUS.
In addition, Kathrin Tröger has played in various other historically informed ensembles, such as the Ensemble Explorations, the Baroque orchestras Anima Eterna, Concerto Köln and La Banda (in which she was also the Concertmistress), among others.
Since 2013 she has also been playing consort music of the 17th century with the Ensemble Salzburg Baroque. Kathrin Tröger has played regularly with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra since 1997, and she has been an established member and Partner of this orchestra since 2008.
She trained as a teacher using the Alexander technique from 2009 to 2012. In addition to her main activity as a violinist in the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, since then she has been teaching Alexander technique – mainly to musicians – at a studio for Alexander technique & music in Freiburg.