Aldo Baerten is Principal Flutist with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe and 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 and the U.S. He is a Guest with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, I Fiamminghi, European Union Opera (G. Roshdentvensky) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic.
During his studies with Philippe Boucly (Munich), Gaby van Riet (Stuttgart) and Prof. Peter-Lukas Graf (Musikhochschule Basel), where he obtained the Diploma as a Soloist, he became Prizewinner 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 such orchestras as the Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, RSO Basel, National Orchestra of Belgium, Walloon Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic under the baton of D. Stern, V. Czarniecki, P. Rundel, G. Octors, Z. Nagy, T. Yuasa... He is a regular guest at festivals in Europe, Mexico, Russia and the U.S., together with famous musicians such as J. van Dam, F. Orval, W. Boeykens, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Marie Hallynck, Ronald Van Spaendonck and his own ARPAE-ensemble, as well as in cross-over-concerts Jazz meets Classic together with jazzpianist Véronique Bizet.
Aldo Baerten has recorded extensively on Cypres, Phaedra, ECM, Royale Belge and René Gailly International.
1989-93 he was Principal Flutist with Claudio Abbado's Orchestra of the E.U., where he has played under conductors such as Haitink, Ashkenazy, Neumann, Conlon and 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 Jeanne Baxtresser (U.S.) 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 and Yamaha Music Foundation. His students occupy positions in orchestras and conservatories in Belgium and abroad.