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Frédéric Debecq began studying music at the age of 7 at the Academy of Music in Uccle. After a Baccalaureate in Philosophy-Lettres-Musique at the Lycée Français de Belgique, he entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels where he obtained First Prizes in Solfeggio, Music History, Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue.
He continued his training as a trumpet player in the Jazz section of the Brussels Conservatory and then gave numerous concerts both in Belgium and abroad, notably with ensembles such as Combo Belge and the Ixhor quintet, but also with classical orchestras. As a composer, his keyboard quintet Postlude, created in May 2003 by the Quatuor Bruxellensis and the pianist Philippe Massart, was awarded a prize by the French Community and broadcast several times on Musiq’3.
Among these works are also numerous compositions and arrangements, including music for the poetry recital Les Quatre Saisons de l’Escaut, music for the radio drama “Baie d’or” (INSAS end-of-study work), pieces for the television programme « Du bout des ailes » (RTBF), arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s Tangos for string quartet, and pieces for jazz quintet.
After having taught Music Writing and Analysis, as well as History of Music at the music academies of Evere, Watermael-Boitsfort and St-Josse-Ten-Noode, he is currently director of the Music Academy of Evere and lecturer in Analysis at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Since the summer of 2003, Frédéric Debecq has also been presenting various programmes on Musiq’3.