Kai Gleusteen -
Canadian born violinist, Kai Gleusteen started at the age of five years
old in his native city, Calgary. Early on, he met with success in national
music competitions in addition to receiving top academic awards. Already
at a young age, he had the opportunity to study with the most renowned
violinists and teachers of his time, including Nathan Milstein, Ivan
Galamian, Josef Gingold, Dorothy Delay, and Zakhar Bron. By the age of
seventeen, Kai was awarded the top prize in the Commonwealth Concerto
Competition in Australia, he had received the prestigious Skene Award
in Scotland and had formed his first chamber orchestra: The Group of
A strong believer in the musician as a multi-dimensional human
being, Kai chose to combine his musical studies with academic pursuits.
At the University of Michigan, he studied anthropology, geophysics, and
philosophy. He received a Master’s Degree from Rice University
under the tutelage of the person who would become his greatest inspiration
on both a personal and musical level, the violinist Camilla Wicks.
1991, Kai moved to Europe to live in the heart of Western Culture.
Paris and Prague were his bases for nine years, allowing him to develop
and perform both as a soloist and leader of numerous orchestras. In
the year 2000, he won the concertmaster position of the Orchestra ‘del
Gran Teatre del Liceu’ and subsequently moved to Barcelona. In
2003, he created the Gran Teatre del Liceu Chamber Orchestra and was
appointed professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya.
He continues to perform extensively as a soloist and a recitalist throughout
Europe and North America and has released numerous critically acclaimed
Kai plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in 1781.