Duo F.A.E.

“The two women tackled all with unsentimental verve, musical feeling and great technical skill. “

– George Grella, New York Classical Review

“Two very strong and exciting performers whose reading of their music was both passionate and polished.”

– John Wiens, L’oasis Musicale Blog

John Adams Road Movies “Relaxed Groove”

About Us

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.

Photo: Johannes Brahms (left, seated) and Joseph Joachim (right, standing)

Recent Press

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/


Duo FAE slated to teach Sonata Class to advanced young performers at the Music institute of Chicago! For more info or to register, click HERE

Upcoming Performances

4/2/2021 12:15 PM at St. James Cathedral, Milwaukee WI: Program includes works by Price, Beach, and Ives. For more info on how to attend click here

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