Charlene Kluegel, Violin


Praised for her “musical verve” (New York Classical Review) and “soaring violin” by the Chicago Classical Review, GRAMMY-nominated violinist Charlene Kluegel has quickly established herself as a multi-faceted and versatile artist and educator.

Ms. Kluegel has appeared in concert as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Germany, Switzerland, and China at venues such as the Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Banff Centre, and Orchestra Hall Detroit. She has collaborated with artists such as Robert McDuffie, the Cuarteto Casals, Frank Huang, Sara Laimon, and Michael Kannen. As the violinist of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, she can be heard on Cedille Records and Dynamic Catholic labels. Always curious to expand her musical horizons, Ms. Kluegel collaborated on the explorative CD of Latin Jazz “Canto America” which was nominated for a GRAMMY as the Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016.

An avid educator, Ms. Kluegel has given masterclasses at the University of Texas Austin, the McDuffie Center for Strings, Bowling Green State University, and Drake University. During the year she teaches violin and chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago and serves on the faculty at fresh inc. festival at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside during the summer. She has served on the jury of various competitions including the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition and the Chinese Fine Arts Society.

As a collaborator at music festivals, Ms. Kluegel was a Kaplan Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and also attended the Banff Centre, Heifetz Institute, and Aspen Music Festival. She received further training and performed in masterclasses by the Juilliard String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, Igor Oistrakh, Leon Fleisher, and Soovin Kim. She won first prize with distinction at the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, the Cornell University Concerto Competition, and the Peabody Institute Chamber Music Competition with Ars Nova Trio.

Prior to graduating from Cornell University, Ms. Kluegel studied at the Hochschule der Künste Bremen, and the Hochschule der Künste Bern. She completed her Master of Music degree under Pamela Frank at the Peabody Institute of Music where she also served as her studio assistant. As a recipient of the Indiana University Artistic Excellence Award, she is a candidate for a Doctor of Music at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music under Jorja Fleezanis.

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