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, and Wigmore Hall. She has also played in prestigious UK festivals including the London Festival of Baroque Music, 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.
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). After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 ‘with distinction’ and the Principal’s Prize, 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).
Since 2017 she has taught recorder at Wells Cathedral School and Millfield School and leads workshops at the Royal Academy of Music.
“Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world…she’s challenging perceptions of the instrument” – Classic FM
“Neat, unforced, beautifully articulated” – The Times
“Tabea Debus is one of the most exciting young musicians to arrive on the performing scene in recent years. As well as being a virtuoso recorder player, she has the inventiveness and imagination to look beyond mere performance.” – Andrew Benson-Wilson
“Another exceptional instrumental moment was the Act I scene in a garden. As Almirena sings “Augelleti”, birds chirp around her, and one of them breaks into simply magical song. This was played by recordist Tabea Debus, and was so full of beauty and deep, natural musicality that one listened with more than a little awe.” – New York Classical Review