Praised for her “musical verve” (New York Classical Review) and “soaring violin” by the Chicago Classical Review, GRAMMY-nominated violinist Charlene Kluegel has established herself as a versatile artist and dedicated educator.
Ms. Kluegel has concertized throughout North America, Europe, 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. In 2013, she gave the North-American premiere of Osamu Katsuki’s “Poem” for solo violin. As the violinist of Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, she can be heard regularly on local and national radio broadcasts and on the 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 – 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. She 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.”
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 Doctor of Music Candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under Jorja Fleezanis.
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Work and Projects
- Board Musician Representative, Fifth House Ensemble
- Project Lead for Of Time and Space at Maine East High School
- Supporting Teaching Artist at Deborah’s Place
- Research liaison
- Personal Website
- Faculty at Music Institute of Chicago
- Des Moines schools invest in arts, Des Moines Register