Read our interview with Aldo Baerten:
Two of my teachers were, and are still, great orchestral musicians. Philippe Boucly, principal Flute in the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, worked lots with me on this repertoire, and also made me understand what it really meant to prepare for an audition
I think they both, from their orchestral perspective, helped me a lot to prepare and to understand what was important to these auditions. With Professor Graf we mainly worked on the repertoire for competitions and basic education, musically and technically. It was a different perspective, also because I was very young when I came to him (only just 19 years old, and I had already graduated from the Brussels Conservatory).
Aldo Baerten is the Principal Flute of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and a guest player in orchestras such as the Hallé, Swedish Chamber and European Union Opera. He was a member of EUYO, the World Youth Orchestra and Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, and studied with Peter Lukas Graf (Basel), Philippe Boucly (Munchen) and Gaby Pas van Riet (Stuttgart), winning prizes at the Maria Canals Barcelona and Vienna International Competition.