Karin de Fleyt plays the flute, alto flute, piccolo and bass flute, as well as shakuhachi and bansuri flute.
She took her Masters degree (MA) at the Hogeschool – Royal Music Conservatoire in Gent (1995), where she already specialized in contemporary flute solo and chamber music repertoire. QTS at the Hogeschool – Royal Music Conservatoire in Gent (1996), Laureate (PGCE) at the Orpheus Institute in Gent ( 1997 – 2001) during which she taught contemporary music and live electronics at the Royal Music Conservatoire in Gent. Karin has over 20 years of experience in teaching flute, both at music school and Higher Education level. She is appointed as Flute tutor in Leeds, at the LCoM in the classical music pathway since September 2013. She teaches music school level (8y-18y) since 1990 and in the “professional teachers” – program at the School of Arts – Royal Music Conservatoire in Gent since 2009. She taught contemporary music in the “Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art Performance” -program at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (LUCA school of Arts) (2009 – 2012).
She is also a visiting teacher at the RNCM and started a research project at the Artesis Plantijn, Royal Music Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, from January 2015.
As a performer She has played many creations (solo flute and chamber music) and worked together with composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Claude Risset, Roberto Doati, Agostino Di Scipio, Jan Van Vlijmen, Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough, Godfried-Willem Raes, Zachar Laskewicz, Pedro Rivadeneira, Brent Wetters, Joachim Brackx, Annelies Van Parijs, Wim Henderickx, Karlheinz Essl, Hanne Deneire, Marco Molteni, Paul Goodey, amongst many others. One of the most memorable is a ten year long collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen, resulting in many interpretation awards for playing his entire flute oeuvre.
She is a solo flutist and member of the artistic board in the HERMES Ensemble in Belgium (www.hermesensemble.be) since 2001 and in the Oh-Ton Ensemble (Oldenburg, Germany) since 2012. One of her prime objectives as a performer and teacher is to work with young people, teaching them the techniques and skills to interpret different music styles with confidence. To this end, she regularly gives masterclasses/workshops and lecture-recitals (in the UK: RCM, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, RNCM, LCoM).
As a soloist, and with several ensembles, she performed with conductors such as Marco Angius, Koen Kessels, Karlheinz Stockhausen, James Wood, Zsolt Nagy, Clark Rundel, Wolfgang Lischke, Peter Rundel, Mark Heron.