Carlos Bruneel did his musical studies at the Antwerp Conservatorium and obtained the “higher diploma” with great distinction in 1982 in the class of Mr. Jan Van Reeth. In the same year he was a winner of the “Tenuto-competition” which gave him opportunities to play as a soloist for the Belgium radio ánd Television. He continued studying the flute in London with Jonathan Snowdon and followed Master Classes with Aurèle Nicolet, William Bennett, Andras Adorjan and Konrad Hünteler. Julius Baker invited him at the Guilliard School of Music New-York.
In the mean time he has been appointed in 1981 principal flute of “La Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra” (Belgium National Opera). Ever since he has been one of the most active and demanded flutists in Belgium, he played all over Europe, in America and Japan. He has performed as a soloist with many leading orchestras in Belgium such as “The Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra”, “BRTN Ancient Philharmonic Orchestra “ (=Radio Orchestra), “Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Flanders Symphonic Orchestra” and several Chamber Orchestras.
Carlos Bruneel has always been passionate by teaching. In 1994 he has been appointed as professor for flute at the Brussels Conservatorium (KCB) and in 2013 he became also head of the woodwind department of that same institution. He has been guest professor at the conservatory of Den Haag (Holland) and is giving Master Classes throughout Europe and Japan. His students have leading positions in numerous orchestras and ensembles. Carlos Bruneel is also regularly a member of the jury in international competitions.
Equally at home in chamber music, he was a member of the “Prometheus Ensemble” and, besides his solo recitals, he plays regularly various chamber music repertoire with his colleagues of the Monnaie Orchestra, in particularly the “Monnaie Wind Quintet”. He played concerts with “The Salzburger Solists” and in song recitals he played with Yvonne Kenny and Renée Fleming together with their pianists Geoffrey Parsons and Helmuth Deutch.
His recordings includes Rossini’s quartets for flute and string trio, flute concertos from the Mannheim School, Mozart concertos (flute concerto in G and the Symphony Concertante in Es), Belgium Romantic flute sonatas (Franck, Jongen), music by Carl Reinecke, chamber music by Albert Huybrechts, music for alto flute solo by Bernard Foccroulle, chamber music works with “Prometheus Ensemble”, “I Solisti da Camera” and several ‘ad hoc’ ensembles.