"Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world…" Classic FM

Tabea DebusOver the last year Tabea has won the Soloists Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, a Concert Artists Guild prize in New York and 1st Prize in the Society of Recorder Players, Moeck Competition. She was a prize-winner at the 2018 YCAT International Auditions in London.

Described by The Times as a ‘charismatic virtuoso’ Tabea is much sought after as soloist, collaborator, teacher and communicator. Current projects include the development of an animated story-game for children, funded by a 2020 CAG / Richard S. Weinert Innovation Award; and a series of music and puppetry videos for primary school children.

This season Tabea gives recitals across the USA including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Morgan Library (New York), UChicago series, and takes part in the Spoleto (Charleston), Bay Chamber (Maine) and San Francisco Early Music Festivals.  

She returns to Wigmore Hall and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and makes her debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Her recording for Delphian Ohrwurm (in partnership with YCAT) will be released in 2020.    

Constantly exploring the horizons of both the old and the new, Tabea has commissioned and collaborated with numerous composers. Highlights include premieres at the LSO Soundhub, Barbican’s Sound Unbound and Baroque at the Edge Festivals, and the release of her critically acclaimed CD XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto in 2018, featuring twelve newly commissioned pieces based around Telemann’s Flute Fantasias.

Tabea has performed widely in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA. Highlights include a tour of Colombia, recitals at Konzerthaus Vienna, the Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Brecon Baroque, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, the Brighton, London and York Early Music Festivals.

She has collaborated with Iestyn Davies, Rachel Podger, Richard Egarr, Lawrence Cummings, the Dunedin Consort and The English Concert, and appeared as soloist with the Rundfunk Chor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. A regular guest on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show, she has released four solo discs.

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

Born in Würzburg in Germany, Tabea studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Michael Schneider and the Royal Academy of Music with Pamela Thorby, graduating with distinction and the Principal’s Prize. She was a City Music Foundation Artist, Handel House Talent Artist, RAM Meaker Fellow and St John’s Smith Square Young Artist. Awards include 1st Prize at the Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Hülsta Woodwinds International Competitions.

Tabea is the inaugural Burns Artist, generously supported by Lord and Lady Burns.

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Press reviews

Only very rarely do we get the chance to encounter musicians in full artistic control and bestowed with a technical ability that makes you sit and listen in awe.

Early Music Review / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto, 2018

Debus is a charismatic virtuoso.

The Times / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto CD / 2018


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