Tributes flow for the great figure of the Belgian musical world, who influenced numerous cellists 


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Prominent Belgian cellist and pedagogue Edmond Baert died on 17 February 2024. The cellist was described as having taught and influenced generations of cello students throughout his long career.

Baert was born in the Charleroi region in 1934 and embarked on his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. He later joined the teaching staff at both institutions, after assisting his teacher Maurice Dambois in 1966 at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He was considered leading figure in the Belgian musical world, cultivating a dedicated teaching studio of cellists for over thirty years and beyond his retirement in 1997.

In addition to his teaching work, Baert was also principal cello of the Belgian National Orchestra and a prolific chamber musician.

Numerous friends, colleagues and former students have taken to social media to pay their respects to Baert. ’I have been blessed to share his friendship for over 40 years,’ wrote Pierre Brunello. ’He will be greatly missed by all.’

’The departure of this great cellist who was a student and professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels leaves a huge void in the hearts of all cellists,’ wrote the Royal Conservatory of Brussels on social media.

Former student Eckart Runge said: ’His great musical, cello and life wisdom will remain exemplary for me, as will his generosity, humour and positivity. He used to say to me with a wink, when I was playing out of tune: “…c’est presque juste!” (it’s nearly in tune)’

’What set Edmond apart was not just his virtuosity as a musician, but his ability to connect with his students on a deeply personal level,’ wrote former student Israel Jackson. ’He approached each lesson with patience, encouragement, and unwavering support, instilling in me a sense of confidence and belief in my own abilities.

’To honour his memory by continuing to share the gift of music with others, just as he did with me. Though he may be gone, his spirit lives on in every note I play and every student I teach.’

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