Valerie Debaele is a flute teacher at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Her class is for talented flutists who wish to prepare both to become good teachers, themselves, and to audition for youth- and professional orchestras.
Since 2006, Valerie has been the principal flutist at the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (Belgium). She studied with Ms. Gaby Pas-van Riet at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium, from which she received her Master’s Degree and Pedagogical Diploma, both in flute performance, with greatest distinction. In 2000, she was awarded the Jeanne Baxtresser Scholarship for two years of study at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where she completed an Artist Diploma in Flute Performance with greatest distinction. During her studies in the USA, Valeria assisted in the making of Jeanne Baxtresser’s book, “Great Flute Duos from the Orchestral Repertoire.” In the same year, she participated as a teacher in the international music festival, “Instrumenta Verano,” in Puebla ,Mexico. As a young flutist, Valerie was a prize winner at the Cera-bank Flute Competition and the Flemish Radio and Television - Competition Young Tenuto. As a result of these achievements, she was chosen to tour as a soloist with the Brussels International Youth Orchestra for the year 1992. More recently, she was a finalist in both the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition in Pittsburg, USA, and the Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition in Denton, USA.
A couple of years later, Valerie was selected and re-invited to participate in the world orchestra Pacific Music Festival, based in Japan and conducted by Charles Dutoit and Wen-Pin Chien. At the same time, she was also invited to participate in the PMF Chamber Orchestra. In 2005, she was offered the chair of principal flutist in the RadioUnderholdingsOrkestret in Copenhagen, Denmark, conducted by A. Fisher. Valerie has appeared not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a soloist with orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the USA, and Japan. As a soloist, Valerie has been praised by the music critics of the Eastern Herald as a “brilliant player with an refined tone, a versatile range of colors and an impressive virtuosity.”