Known for her “musical verve” (New York Classical Review) and “soaring violin providing a ray of light” by the Chicago Classical Review, violinist Charlene Kluegel is a versatile GRAMMY-nominated artist and dedicated educator.
Ms. Kluegel has concertized throughout North America, Germany, Switzerland, and China at venues such as the Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, the Zurich Tonhalle, Ravinia, the Banff Centre, and Orchestra Hall Detroit. On modern violin, she has collaborated with Jason Vieaux, Robert McDuffie, the Cuarteto Casals, Frank Huang, Sara Laimon, and Michael Kannen. And as a Baroque violinist, she appeared regularly as soloist for the Baltimore Baroque Band, and collaborated with the Washington Bach Consort, Elizabeth Field, and Cynthia Roberts. The violinist of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, Charlene Kluegel can be heard regularly on local and national radio broadcasts and on Cedille Records and the Dynamic Catholic labels. Always curious to expand her musical horizons, Ms. Kluegel collaborated on Patois’s explorative CD of Latin Jazz “Canto America” which was nominated for a GRAMMY - 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 has served on the jury of various competitions including the Society of American Musicians Young Artist Competition and the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Dedicated to the career advancement of students, Ms. Kluegel is currently completing her thesis “Preparing Orchestral Violin Excerpts: Tempo and Style Considerations from Mozart to Brahms” and serves on the faculty of Fresh Inc. Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Prior to graduating from Cornell University, Ms. Kluegel studied at 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 Doctor of Music Candidate at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music under Jorja Fleezanis.
Ms. Kluegel is honored to be a Larsen Strings Performing Artist.