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Aldo Baerten

Aldo Baerten

In addition to being the Principal Flutist at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Aldo Baerten is a regular guest of many of Europe's leading ensembles, orchestras and festivals.

Aldo Baerten is Principal Flutist at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Edo de Waart, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap van Zweden.  He is Professor for flute at the Royal Conservatorium in Antwerp, at the Hogeschool der Kunsten Utrecht (NL) and gives masterclasses in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Mexico, Australia and the U.S.

He is a regular guest at the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, European Union Opera (G. Roshdentvensky), Belgische Kamerfilharmonie and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is Artistic Director of the Royal Conservatory-Artesis Hogeschool Antwerp, where he also organises the Antwerp Orchestral Academy, a unique project between the Conservatory, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and deSingel.

During his studies with  Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf (Musikhochschule Basel), where he obtained the Diploma as a Soloist, with Jeanne Baxtresser (former Principal Flutist of the New York Philharmonic) and with Philippe Boucly (Bavarian Radio Symphony and R.Strauss-Konservatorium München), he became Prize-winner in competitions such as "Maria Canals" (Barcelona 2001), Vienna (2004), Axion Classics, Quantz, and the National Instrumentcompetition of Belgium. He received the Alex de Vries-prize, the SABAM-award, and the Caecilia-prize of the Belgian music-press.

Aldo Baerten played as a soloist with eminent orchestras as the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, RSO Basel, National Orchestra of Belgium, Walloon Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony  under the baton of D. Stern, V. Czarniecki, P. Rundel, G. Octors, Z. Nagy, T. Yuasa, S. Byess, E. Aadland.

He is a regular guest at festivals in Europe, Mexico, Russia and the U.S., together with famous musicians such as J.van Dam, Martin Helmchen, Severin Von Eckardstein,  F. Orval, W. Boeykens, Martin Spangenberg, Niek de Groot, StorioniTrio, Michel Strauss, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Hervé Joulain, Kandinsky-trio, Jana Bouskova, Dietrich Henschel, Anneleen Lenaerts, Matthias Buchholz....

Aldo Baerten has recorded extensively on Cypres, Phaedra, ECM, Pentatone and Beriato Music.  His recording of Schubert's Introduction, Theme and Variations on Trockne Blumen (die schöne Müllerin) with pianist Martin Helmchen was nominated for the BBC Music Prize of best chamber-music recording of the year 2010.

From 1989 until 1993 he was Principal Flutist with Claudio Abbado's Orchestra of the E.U, where he has played under conductors such as B. Haitink, V. Ashkenazy, V. Neumann, J. Conlon and J. Tate. He was also chosen as Principal of the Schleswigholstein Festival Orchestra (Sir G.Solti) and the World Youth Orchestra. Aldo Baerten was the Principal Flutist of the Belgian Chamber Orchestra and the MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. He had the honour of playing in masterclasses for  Jean-Pierre Rampal, A. Nicolet, A. Adorjan and J. Zoon.

Aldo Baerten is a regular Jury-Member of the Benelux-Flute Competition, Axion Classics, Lyons-music-competition, NFA Young Artists Competition  and Yamaha Music Foundation.  His students occupy positions in orchestras and conservatories in Belgium and abroad.  He will be the International Liaison Officer for the National Flute Association of America 2009-2014, and serves on the Board of Collegium Vocale Gent.

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