Hailed for her “unsentimental verve, musical feeling and great technical skill” (New York Classical Review), violinist Charlene Kluegel is known for her versatile artistry that transcends the traditional boundaries of Classical music genres.
A chamber musician and soloist “with aplomb” (Chicago Classical Review), her engagements have taken her to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Banff Centre, Chicago Symphony Hall, Orchestra Hall Detroit, the Ravinia Festival, and the Music Center at Strathmore. As the violinist and co-founder of Duo FAE, she tirelessly promotes the sonata repertoire as the most intimate expression of chamber music and has collaborated with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, Cuarteto Casals, Third Coast Percussion, members of Brentano Quartet, Jason Vieaux, Robert McDuffie, and the Music of the Baroque.
Dedicated to the performance of new music, she has premiered works by Dan Visconti, Julia Adolphe, Stacy Garrop, Steven Snowdon, Xi Wang, and Austin Wintory, and has upcoming commissions by composers including Iranian-American composers Sepehr Pirasteh and Ramin Akhavijou. Formerly the violinist of the acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble, she has recorded on Cedille and Dynamic Catholic labels. Always curious to expand her musical horizons, Dr. Kluegel collaborated on Patois’s explorative CD of Latin Jazz “Canto America” which was nominated for a GRAMMY - Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016.
Charlene Kluegel’s commitment to the advancement of emerging artists has taken her to education residencies and masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, Bowling Green State University, the McDuffie Center for Strings, and Roosevelt University and now features her as one of the Directors of Twisted Spruce Music Foundation. Her work as an educator has been recognized through her tenure on the Editorial Board of the American String Teacher Journal and as the Chair of the Illinois ASTA Concerto Competition. She has previously taught at the Peabody Institute of Music and Fresh Inc. Music Festival and currently serves on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Prior to graduating from Cornell University, Charlene Kluegel studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland. She holds a Masters of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Music and, as a recipient of the Indiana University Artistic Excellence Award she earned her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. She studied under Pamela Frank, Jorja Fleezanis, Susan Waterbury, Stanley Ritchie, and Monika Urbaniak-Lisik.
Charlene Kluegel is honored to receive string sponsorship from Larsen Strings A/S of Denmark.
- D.M. – Violin Performance, Indiana University
- Graduate Performance Diploma – Violin Performance, Peabody Institute of Music
- M.M. – Violin Performance, Peabody Institute of Music
B.A. – Music, Cornell University
- MUS 0550 Private Instrument Violin