Born in Calgary, Canada, Kai Gleusteen set out at fifteen on his first concert tour of England as a soloist with his local youth orchestra. He won the first prize in the Commonwealth Concerto Competition in Brisbane, Australia, and in the National Soloist Auditions in Chicago. After having received his Master’s Degree from Rice University in Houston, Kai Gleusteen moved to Paris, where he became the concertmaster of the Ensemble Orchestral d’Ile de France.
He worked with Nathan Milstein, Zakhar Bron and Sandor Vegh, who invited him to spend a year at the Mozart Foundation in Prague, where he devoted himself to chamber music. Gleusteen has often played with the Camerata Academica of Salzburg. As a soloist he has performed at the Orchestra Hall in Chicago and with the Royal Scottish Orchestra. His passion for chamber music has been enhanced by such partners as Radovan Vlatkovitch, Alexander Lonquich, Gérard Caussé et Gérard Poulet. He has recorded CDs of solo violin music and of the three sonatas for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg. Gleusteen plas a J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1781.