Aldo Baerten

Professorial Staff - Flute


Aldo Baerten has a gloriously rich and expressive sound, with effortlessly controlled technique, and this recital displayed an intensely lyrical interplay between the performers... there were many magical moments... A plaintive third movement …sensitive and eloquent with a glorious flexibility of sound, colour, and expression, building to a wonderful climax...

FLUTE, the magazine of the British Flute Society // British Flute Festival
Aldo Baerten


Aldo Baerten is Principal Flute with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Elin Cham, Edo de Waart and Philippe Herreweghe. He was formerly Principal Flute with the Belgian Chamber Orchestra and the MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig.

He is a regular guest with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, Dallas Symphony, European Union Opera, Arctic Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Aldo Baerten is greatly in demand as a teacher, and his students occupy positions in orchestras and conservatories in Belgium and abroad. He is Professor of Flute at Trinity Laban, the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, and the Hogeschool der Kunsten in Utrecht, and gives masterclasses on four continents in a number of distinguished schools. The International Flute Seminar Bruges – his yearly summer school – is a highlight for professionals and amateurs.

During his studies at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Peter-Lukas Graf and Philippe Boucly, Aldo Baerten won numerous prizes in national and international competitions. From 1989 until 1993 he was Principal Flute with Claudio Abbado’s Orchestra of the European Union, where played under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Jeffrey Tate. He was also as Principal of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra.

Aldo Baerten has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, RSO Basel, National Orchestra of Belgium, Walloon Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Las Vegas Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Samaai Sinfonietta. He is a regular guest at festivals around the world, performing with eminent classical and jazz musicians.

Aldo Baerten has recorded extensively for numerous record labels. His 2010 recording of Schubert’s Introduction, Theme and Variations on Trockne Blumen (Die schöne Müllerin) with pianist Martin Helmchen was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards for the best chamber-music recording of the year.