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.
With an equal focus on contemporary and baroque music, Tabea Debus has performed in renowned European venues and festivals, and as far as Japan, Singapore and the USA. She was selected Meaker Fellow for 2016-17, 2016 CMF Artist and SJSS Young Artist 2015-16, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Early Music Show. Winner of the international hülsta woodwinds and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer competitions, she has released her three solo discs, most recently XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto in 2018. Since 2017 she teaches recorder at Wells Cathedral and Millfield School, and takes workshops at the RAM.
Olwen Foulkes recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London, with a distinction and DipRAM award for her MMus degree. Olwen has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players, La Serenissima, and Oxford Bach soloists and has performed solo recitals in many UK festivals. She was selected as a Handel House Talent artist at Handel&Hendrix House in London in 2015 and released her debut album ‘Directed by Handel’ on Barn Cottage Records in Winter 2017. Olwen teaches the recorder for the Junior Department at Trinity Laban, is a classroom music teacher at the American School in London, and takes lecture-workshops at the Royal Academy of Music.