About Tabea

“Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world…she’s challenging perceptions of the instrument”


With an equal focus on contemporary and baroque music, Tabea Debus’s burgeoning career has taken her to renowned concert halls such as the Konzerthaus Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich, Funkhaus Cologne and Wigmore Hall. She has also played in prestigious UK festivals including the London Festival of Baroque Music, Edinburgh International Festival, Baroque at the Edge, and the York Early Music Festival, as well as festivals in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States. Tabea has collaborated with leading musicians and ensembles including Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings, The English Concert, Dunedin Consort, La Serenissima, and the English Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show.

In 2011, Tabea won the 2nd International ‘hülsta woodwinds’ Competition and she later won the 8th International ‘Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’ Competition (2014), and was runner-up at The Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in 2016. She released her debut album Upon a Ground in 2012 (ClassicClips), followed by Cantata per Flauto in 2016 (TYXart) and XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto in 2018 (TYXart). Tabea is a founder member of the ensemble tr!jo (www.tr-jo.de), with whom she won audience awards and runner-up prizes at the XVIII ‘Biagio-Marini’ and 2nd international Berlin Bach competitions.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 ‘with distinction’ and the Principal’s Prize for excellent all-round studentship, Tabea was appointed a Meaker Fellow for 2016-17. She has also been a St John’s Smith Square Young Artist (2015-16), a City Music Foundation Artist (2016-2018), and a Handel House Talent Artist (2016-17).

Born in Germany, Tabea had her first recorder lessons with Gudula Rosa at the ‘Westfälische Schule für Musik’ in Münster and later continued her studies in Frankfurt with Prof. Michael Schneider and London with Pamela Thorby. Throughout her education she has received numerous scholarships, including awards from the ‘Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the ‘Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes’.

Since 2017 Tabea has taught recorder at Wells Cathedral School and Millfield School. She also leads workshops at the Royal Academy of Music and has recently led “The Year of the Recorder” with Jackdaws Music Education Trust.

“Neat, unforced, beautifully articulated”

The Times


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