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Tabea Debus

Tabea Debus

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

Classic FM

Debus is a charismatic virtuoso.

The Times / XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto CD / 2018

Early Music


  • Tabea Debus - Recorder
  • Alex McCartney - Lute
  • Jonathan Rees - Viola Da Gamba


1) Ode to an Earworm

Music's tendency to continue playing inside our minds, to make a lasting impression on our souls is fascinating both for player and listener. Tabea's programme includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel and Corelli.

2) Visions - An Eye for Music

Bach and Handel both suffered from poor eyesight and had the misfortune of losing it altogether under the knife of infamous British surgeon, John Taylor. Tabea explores this unimaginable medical past with music by Bach, Handel and the visionary medieval polymath, Hildegard von Bingen.


Described by Classic FM as "challenging perceptions of the instrument," Tabea is constantly exploring the horizons of music for recorder and has performed widely in Europe, Asia and the USA.

This season her programmes include music based around sight, hearing and the passage of time, ranging from baroque to contemporary. She returns to Wigmore Hall, and gives recitals across the UK and Germany. In 2020 she makes her debut at the Sanguine Estate Music Festival in Australia, and records for Delphian.

Over the last year Tabea has undertaken a tour of Colombia, and given recitals at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saffron Hall, the Bath, Ryedale, Ripon and Lammermuir Festivals. She took part in LSO Soundhub and released her fourth CD for Tyxart.

Previous highlights include recitals at Konzerthaus Vienna, the Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, the York, Brighton & London Early Music Festivals. She has collaborated with Iestyn Davies, Rachel Podger, Lawrence Cummings, the Dunedin Consort and English Concert, and appeared as soloist with the La Serenissima, English Chamber Orchestra and WDR Rundfunkchor. Tabea was selected by YCAT in 2018.

Based in Glasgow, lutenist Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world.

He is a BBC Introducing artist and regularly performs on BBC Radio 3. He specialises in chamber music, performing recitals and accompanying artists such as Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Libro Primo (Sabine Stoffer), Ensemble Marsyas (Peter Whelan), Monica Huggett, Bojan Cicic, Tabea Debus and Poeticall Musicke.


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