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” (Belgium Radio and Television Contest). 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 as head of the flute section 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 such as “The Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra”, “BRTN Ancient Philharmonic Orchestra “ (=Radio Orchestra), “Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra”, “Flanders Symphonic Orchestra” and several Chamber Orchestras: “Prima La Musica”, “Collegium Instrumentale Brugense”, “Sinfonia”, “La Squadra”, with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Lothar Zagrosek, Silvain Cambreling, Friedeman Layer, Etienne Siebens and Dirk Vermeulen.
As a teacher he has been professor flute at the Brussels Conservatorium since 1994, guest professor at the conservatory of “Den Haag” (Holland) and is giving Master Classes throughout Europe and Japan. 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 plays regularly various chamber music repertoire with his colleagues of the Monnaie Orchestra, in particularly the “Monnaie Wind Quintet”. He also collaborates with “The Salzburger Solists” and is playing his solo-recitals with several pianists, such as Jan Michiels, Levente Kende, Katsura Mizumoto, Daniël Blumenthal, Luc Devos and others. 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 strings with “ The Monnaie String Trio”, flute concertos from the Mannheim School with “The Chamber Orchestra Sinfonia”, Mozart concertos (flute concerto in G and the Symphony Concertante in Es) with “The Chamber Orchestra Prima La Musica”, Belgium Romantic flute sonatas with pianist Levente Kende. Music by Carl Reinecke with pianist Jan Michiels and several chamber music works with “Prometheus Ensemble” and “I Solisti da Camera”.