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Charlene Kluegel, violin
Carthage College

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 across North American and Europe in collaborations with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, the Cuarteto Casals, Third Coast Percussion, Jason Vieaux, Robert McDuffie. As a soloist she has appeared under the baton of Gemma New, Lee Mills, Kemal Akçag, and with the Baltimore Baroque Band and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra. 


Kluegel is the cofounder and violinist of Duo FAE, whose upcoming album of music by suffragettes champions sonata repertoire as the most intimate expression of chamber music. An advocate of new music, Kluegel has premiered works by Dan Visconti, Julia Adolphe, Stacy Garrop, Steven Snowdon, and Austin Wintory, and will be releasing an album of works for scordatura solo violin of the last 40 years. Her collaboration on Patois’s explorative CD of Latin jazz, Canto America, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016 for Best Latin Jazz Album.


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, Roosevelt University, and Lawrence University. Her primary research in the practical intersection between pedagogy and performance practice led to a tenure on the Editorial Board of the American String Teacher Journal. She previously held appointments at the Peabody Institute and Carthage College, and now is the Assistant Chair of Instrumental Studies at the Boston Conservatory – Berklee.

Prior to graduating from Cornell University, Dr. 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 received her Doctor of Music 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.


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