Tabea Debus

“Neat, unforced, beautifully articulated.” – The Times

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, Colombia and the USA.

Tabea’s keen interest in contemporary music for recorder has led to numerous collaborations with composers throughout the UK and beyond. She has premiered new works at LSO Soundhub, at the Barbican Centre’s Sound Unbound and Baroque at the Edge festivals, and has appeared as soloist in contemporary recorder concertos with the WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall.

As a soloist and chamber musician Tabea regularly appears with La Serenissima and The English Concert, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall, at Early Music Festivals in London, York and Brecon, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, Edinburgh International Festivals, and many more. She is a regular guest on the BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show, and has released five solo discs to date, most recently ‘Ohrwurm’ (Delphian Records).

Awards include the 2020 CAG/Richard S. Weinert Award for Innovation in Classical Music, the soloist prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 1st prize at the Society of Recorder Players/Moeck International Solo Recorder Competition in London (both 2019), as well as at the 2014 Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and 2011 Hülsta Woodwinds International Competitions. Tabea was also a City Music Foundation Artist (2016-2018), Handel House Talent (2016-17) and St John’s Smith Square Young Artist (2015-16), and held scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2018, and subsequently joined the Concert Artists Guild (CAG) roster in 2019.

Passionate about outreach work, Tabea teaches recorder at Wells Cathedral School and has led composition and chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University. She has collaborated with Music Masters, Jackdaws Music Education Trust, and the RAM’s Open Academy in London-based primary schools and at the Royal London Hospital, and thus aims to make the music she enjoys performing accessible to children from all backgrounds. In collaboration with other musicians, artists and actors she is constantly developing new outreach projects, including the ‘Endo the Earthworm’ series, the music-art-game ‘soundshapes’, and play-along library ‘Continuo Lines'. Tabea has also been an adjudicator for the British Composer Awards and the German youth music competition Jugend musiziert.

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 for 2016-17, and is now based in North London.