Katja Grüttner started playing the violin at the age of four. At early age she was a member in several youth orchestras and while still at school she performed regularly with a string quartet. Born in Uppsala/Sweden she came into contact with Swedish Folkmusic which she learned in traditional fiddle bands - an episode which had a lasting influence on her later career in Baroque music.
Katja Grüttner studied violin with Prof. Petru Munteano and Prof. Christiane Hutcap-Ozim in Rostock, and took masterclasses with Igor Ozim.
In 1999 she was a member of the European Community Baroque Orchestra. She performed under Ton Koopman and Lars-Ulrik Mortensen and with Musica Antiqua Cologne. Subsequently she took up graduate studies in Trossingen, specializing in historical performance practice and baroque violin with Anton Steck, and courses with Charles Toet, Bruce Dickey and Philippe Pierlot.
Between 2001 and 2003 she lived in Basel, where she played with Andrea Marcon and took masterclasses with Elizabeth Walfish, Rachel Podger and Reinhard Goebel.
Now being based in Cologne, Katja Grüttner performs with Reinhard Goebel, Thomas Hengelbrock, Frider Bernius, Peter Neumann and Andreas Spering. She plays regularly with Dorothee Oberlinger (Ensemble 1700), Florian Deuter (Harmonie Universelle) and Concerto Köln. She has taken part in many CD-, radio- and television recordings, amongst others a DVD production with Pina Bausch of Orfeo e Eurydice and a television prodcution of Rigoletto in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.
Katja Grüttner joined the Camesina Quartet in 2009.