THOMAS BAETÉ

viola da gamba, vedel

Thomas Baeté has played music since a very young age: he studied violin at the music school in Ostend, his birthplace, and also sang in the children’s choir there. After his secondary education, he entered Vegard Nilsen’s violin class at the Antwerp Conservatory. Bitten by the early music bug, he began to play the viola da gamba, initially teaching himself, and then with the support of Piet Stryckers. In 1997 he joined Wieland Kuijken’s class at the Brussels Conservatory, where he completed his studies in 2002. His training was supplemented by lessons and courses with Jordi Savall, Paolo Pandolfo, Sophie Watillon and Pedro Memelsdorff, deepening his understanding of the world of early music and of the viola da gamba.
Thomas Baeté currently works with a number of groups, including among others Capilla Flamenca (directed by Dirk Snellings), Mala Punica (Pedro Memelsdorff), Graindelavoix (Björn Schmelzer), La Caccia (Patrick Denecker) and The Spirit of Gambo (Freek Borstlap). He is also one of the permanent members of La Roza Enflorese. With these groups he has participated in some ten CD recordings, and has performed in North and South America, Morocco, Russia and most of Europe.
He also teaches viola da gamba and ensemble at the Leuven Conservatory, and at the Woluwé Saint-Lambert Music Academy.