Dr. Charlene Kluegal

Violinist in Duo FAF and Studio Teacher

IL ASTA Concerto Competition Chair

Dr. Charlene Kluegel is known for her versatile and award-winning artistry on modern and Baroque violin as well as her long-time advocacy as an educator.


As the violinist and co-founder of Duo FAE, she tirelessly promotes the sonata repertoire as the most intimate expression of chamber music. Dedicated to the performance of new music, she has premiered works by Dan Visconti, Julia Adolphe, Stacy Garrop, Steven Snowdon, Xi Wang, Osamu Katsuki, Matthew Kennedy, and Austin Wintory, and has upcoming commissions by composers including Iranian-American composers Sepehr Pirasteh and Ramin Akhavijou. 


Formerly the violinist of acclaimed Fifth House Ensemble, she has recorded on Cedille and Dynamic Catholic labels and has appeared regularly on radio broadcasts. Always curious to expand her musical horizons, Dr. Kluegel collaborated on Patois’s explorative CD of Latin Jazz “Canto America” which was nominated for a GRAMMY – Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016. 


Her performance engagements have taken her to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Banff Centre, Chicago Symphony Hall, Orchestra Hall Detroit, the Ravinia Festival, and the Music Center at Strathmore. She has collaborated with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic, Cuarteto Casals, Third Coast Percussion, members of Brentano Quartet, Jason Vieaux, and Robert McDuffie. On the Baroque violin, she has performed with the Music of the Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, Elizabeth Fields, Cynthia Roberts, and Dorian Bandy. A frequent 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. 


IL ASTA Concerto Competition chair Dr. Charlene Kuegel