Tabea Debus, recorder

Tabea Debus with Recorder

Described by The Times as a charismatic virtuoso, Tabea Debus is constantly exploring the horizons of music for recorder and has performed widely across Europe, Asia and the USA.

As a soloist Tabea has appeared with La Serenissima, the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, and WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne. She is a regular guest on the BBC’s In Tune and Early Music Show, and has just released her fourth CD Favourites, a follow-up to the highly acclaimed XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto, which features twelve newly commissioned pieces based on Telemann Flute Fantasias.

Previous highlights include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, at the Early Music Festivals in London, York and Brighton, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and at the Schleswig Holstein, Resonanzen, Brecon Baroque, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, Baroque at the Edge, and Edinburgh International Festivals. She has collaborated with leading musicians and ensembles such as Rachel Podger, Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr, Lawrence Cummings, Dunedin Consort, The English Concert, LSO Soundhub, and Music for Awhile, among many others.

Awards include the WEMAG Soloists Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, first prize at The Society of Recorder Players/Moeck International Solo Recorder Competition in London, as well as at the Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Hülsta Woodwinds International Competitions. Tabea was also a City Music Foundation Artist, St John’s Smith Square Young Artist, and Handel House Talent. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), and subsequently joined the Concert Artists Guild (CAG) roster.

Born in Würzburg, Germany, Tabea studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Prof. Michael Schneider and at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Pamela Thorby. Graduating with the Principal’s Prize, she went on to be appointed Meaker Fellow at the RAM. During her studies she received scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Tabea teaches recorder at Wells Cathedral School, leads composition and chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, has collaborated with London Music Masters and Jackdaws Music Education Trust, and has been adjudicator for the British Composer Awards (BASCA) and Jugend musiziert.

The release of her debut album Upon a Ground (ClassicClips), was followed by Cantata per Flauto, XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto, and Favourites (all TYXart).