Christiaan Pieter Willem Kriens (April 29, 1881– December 17, 1934) was an American composer, pianist, violinist and conductor; born in Brussels to Dutch parents, he came to the United States in 1906. He wrote a number of pieces for orchestra, including two symphonies; he also composed songs and some chamber music, including a string quartet.
In November, 1910 Musical America published an interview with Kriens with the headlines: "No Wealth, No Friends, No Influence, Yet Optimistic" 
- Howard, John Tasker (1939). Our American Music: Three Hundred Years of It. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company.
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