Valerie Debaele has been solo flautist with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège since 2006. She studied with Gaby Van Riet at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and subsequently with J. Baxtresser (soloist NY Philharmonic) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA, obtaining her Artist Diploma in Flute Performance with the highest distinction. During her studies in America she contributed to the realisation of J. Baxtresser’s latest book "Great Flute Duos from the orchestral repertoire". She has won various competitions in Belgium, such as Jong Tenuto and Cera-Bank, and abroad, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society and Myrna Brown Competition Dallas.
In 2005 she was solo flautist with the Danske Radio Underholdings Orkestret in Copenhagen conducted by A. Fisher, and for two consecutive years at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. She is both active as a chamber musician, e.g. as a member of Vlaams Sinfonietta, and as a soloist, receiving favourable reviews, including from the South African newspaper Eastern Herald: “…brilliant player with a refined tone, a versatile range of colours and an impressive virtuosity…”.
As a teacher and performing musician, she was invited to the International Music Festival Instrumenta Verano in Puebla, Mexico. From 2010-2013 she worked as a guest lecturer at the conservatoires of Brussels and Liège. She currently teaches piccolo at Conservatorium Maastricht and flute as a main subject at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg.