In 2012, Duo F.A.E. was co-founded by violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katherine Petersen who had become close friends, having met at the Aspen Music Festival several years prior. The duo takes its name from the motto of virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim and composer Johannes Brahms “Frei Aber Einsam” meaning “Free but Alone.” The duo brought new meaning to this motto, doing all of their rehearsing and concertizing while living in Canada and the U.S. respectively at the inception of the ensemble. Duo F.A.E. has performed extensively across Canada and the U.S. and their combined forces as a duo have been described as being filled with “virtuosity and maturity” (Hill and Hollow Music.)The duo seeks to present concerts that feature chamber music in its rawest form by joining two voices into one.
Duo FAE performed Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for violin and piano at the Music Institute of Chicago’s “From the Heart” Valentine’s day concert event: https://splashmags.com/index.php/2020/02/23/from-the-heart-concert-review-a-romantic-musical-valentines-date-night/
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