Flauti d’echo was founded in 2016 by recorder players Tabea Debus and Olwen Foulkes who met during their studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Performing music from the 15th century to commissioning new pieces, the ensemble aims to extend a historical recorder-player’s tradition of arranging and transcribing music appropriate to their instrument and they specialise in creating bespoke programmes that combine their arrangements with music originally written for their instrumentation. Due to the flexible nature of their programming, Flauti d’echo collaborate with theorbists Toby Carr and Johan Löfvig, gambist Kate Conway on a project-by-project basis and have a regular partnership with keyboards player Benedict Williams with whom they won the Nancy Nuttal Early Music Prize in 2016. They are current members of the BREMF Live! Scheme and have been invited back to perform in the Brighton Early Music Festival again this autumn and were selected to appear as a Young Artist at the Newbury Spring Festival in 2018. Other recent festival appearances include recitals in the Music For Awhile Summer Festival, Amersham Music Festival, Romsey Chamber Music Festival, and Baroquestock. As a duo, Flauti d’echo regularly perform concertos and cantatas with orchestras around the UK and they have performed in venues including Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Handel&Hendrix House, London.
Described by The Times as a charismatic virtuoso, Tabea Debus 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, Brecon Baroque, LFBM and YEMF, and collaborations with La Serenissima, The English Concert, Rachel Podger and Laurence Cummings. Having been Meaker Fellow for 2016-17, 2016 CMF Artist and SJSS Young Artist 2015-16, she was selected by YCAT in May 2018. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show and released three solo discs, most recently XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto in 2018.
Olwen Foulkes has worked with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players, La Serenissima, Oxford Bach soloists, and has performed live on BBC Radio 3. She is particularly interested in curating performances that include a discussion element and has recently given recitals in collaboration with Handel&Hendrix House, the Foundling Museum, and the British Library. Her debut solo disk ‘Directed by Handel’ was released in 2018 and described as ‘exemplary and extremely persuasive’ by Early Music Reviews. Her second disk will be released on BCR in late 2019. She graduated from RAM with a distinction and DipRam for her postgraduate degree in 2018.