Violinist Charlene Kluegel is an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A young artist with the Ruth and Ernst Burkhalter Stiftung since 2004, she went on to win first prize at the German Youth Music Competition “Jugend Musiziert” Lower Saxony, first prize with distinction at the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, and the Cornell University Concerto Competition.
Charlene has appeared in concert throughout Germany, Switzerland, Canada, China, and the US. As a soloist, she performed with the Meilemer Symphony Orchester (Switzerland), and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists like the Cuarteto Casals, Frank Huang, Joseph Lin, Frank Morelli, and Michael Kannen. Her performances have taken her to the Kennedy Center, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and has appeared for the Journees de la Culture de Quebec, the Kasseler Musiktage and the Cornell University’s Chamber Music Festival “Mayfest.”
As part of her musical training, Charlene has had the privilege to perform in masterclasses for the Juilliard String Quartet, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Orion String Quartet, Igor Oistrakh, Pamela Frank, and Leon Fleischer. At the Aspen School and Festival of Music, the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria), the Banff Centre and the Heifetz Summer Institute of Music, she received further instruction from Igor Oistrakh, Pamela Frank, Joel Smirnoff, Daniel Phillips, and Soovin Kim.
Prior to graduating from Cornell University with a BA cum laude, Charlene studied at the Central Conservatory (Beijing, China), the Hochschule der Künste Bremen (Germany) with Prof. Katrin Scholz, and the Hochschule der Künste Bern (Switzerland) with Prof. Monika Urbaniak Lisik. Charlene completed the Masters of Music and a Performance Diploma at the Peabody Institute of Music under Pamela Frank. As a recipient of the Indiana University Artistic Excellence Award, she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music at Indiana University under Jorja Fleezanis.
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