Tabea Debus 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, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and the USA.
Highlights include concerts at Wigmore Hall, the Resonanzen Festival at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Schleswig Holstein, Edinburgh International, Brecon Baroque, Musica Antiqua Bolzano, Baroque at the Edge, the Brighton and York Early Music Festivals. She has collaborated with Iestyn Davies, Rachel Podger, Richard Egarr, Lawrence Cummings, the Dunedin Consort, Te English Concert in performances of Handel’s Rinaldo and La Serenissima, among many others. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2018.
As a soloist Tabea has appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, Chartwell Sinfonia at St. John’s Smith Square, WDR Rundfunkchor at the Funkhaus in Cologne and with Camerata Zurich at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 2018 she released her third solo CD featuring twelve newly commissioned pieces based around Telemann’s XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto (TYXart). She regularly appears on BBC Radio 3’ In Tune and Early Music programmes.
Engagements during the 2018/19 season include appearances as soloist with Oxford Sinfonia and the Malcolm Arnold Festival Orchestra performing concertos by Bach, Telemann, Arnold and Timothy Bowers. She undertakes a tour of Colombia, continues to give recitals throughout the UK and Germany including the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and gives concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Young Artists’ Voyage Ensemble.
Born in Würzburg in Germany in 1991, Tabea studied at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) with Professor Michael Schneider and the Royal Academy of Music in London with Pamela Torby, graduating with distinction and the Principal’s Prize. She went on to be appointed a Meaker Fellow during the 2016/17 season. She was a St John’s Smith Square Young Artist (2015-16), a Handel House Talent Artist (2016-17), a City Music Foundation Artist (2016-2018) and in 2016 won 2nd Prize at Te Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. During her studies Tabea won 1st Prize in the 2014 International ‘Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’ and 2nd Prize in the 2011 International ‘Hülsta Woodwinds’ Competitions. As a founder member of the ensemble tr!jo with Lea Rahel Bader (viol da gamba) and Johannes Lang (harpsichord) she also won top prizes at the XVIII ‘Biagio-Marini’ (2017) and international Berlin Bach (2015) Competitions.
Tabea teaches at Wells Cathedral School and Millfeld School. She currently leads workshops and seminars at the Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University Music Faculty, and in 2017 led the ‘Year of the Recorder’ with Jackdaws Music Education Trust.
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).
The Laefer Quartet is an exciting and dynamic saxophone quartet who are selected Park Lane Group Artists, won the Elias Fawcett Ensemble Award for an Outstanding Ensemble in the 2017 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and are Making Music Selected Artists. Formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music they were awarded the Boconnoc Music Award during their time there, and have since been performing across the UK at numerous venues, including The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, St. James's Piccadilly, and The Forge, Camden.
As individuals and as a group, the quartet are experienced in a variety of genres but specialise in performing contemporary classical repertoire and transcriptions of works by classical composers. Performance highlights include the closing concert in the Three Palaces Festival, Malta, three world premières as part of the Listenpony concert series, a Nonclassical debut at The Victoria, Dalston, and UK premières of works by contemporary composers such as Ivan Fedele, Ed Scolding, Andrew Chen, and Alexander Glyde-Bates. The quartet made their St John's Smith Square debut in 2017, premièring works by Giles Swayne and Charlotte Harding, and their Wigmore Hall debut in May 2018. In January 2019 they gave their Purcell Room debut to a full house as part of the Southbank Centre’s SoundState Festival, with a programme of 21st Century Saxophone works including a world première by Michael Cryne.
The word ‘Laefer’ (pronounced lay-fer) is anglo-saxon for ‘reed’ and ‘sheet metal’.