Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 3:00 PM

Tabea Debus, recorder
Alon Sariel, lute and mandolin

Available on demand through Sat, May 1, 11:59pm EST.

Location: Online

Hailed as “a charismatic virtuoso” by The Times (London) and “one of the most exciting young musicians in the early music world” by Classic FM, recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus makes her Baltimore Debut in a performance with lutenist Alon Sariel pre-recorded at the Lauderdale House in London. They perform a program titled “Ohrworm” (Earworm), exploring how tunes and dances wormed their way into many aspects of music-making in the 17th- and 18th-century Europe. 

"Only very rarely do we get the chance to encounter musicians in full artistic control and bestowed with a technical ability that makes you sit and listen in awe." —Early Music Review

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Tabea Debus

Over the last year Tabea has won the Soloists Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, a Concert Artists Guild prize in New York and 1st Prize in the Society of Recorder Players, Moeck Competition.

Described by The Times as a ‘charismatic virtuoso’ Tabea is much sought after as soloist, collaborator, teacher and communicator. Current projects include the development of an animated story-game for children, funded by a 2020 CAG / Richard S. Weinert Innovation Award; and a series of music and puppetry videos for primary school children.

This season Tabea gives recitals across the USA including the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Morgan Library (New York), UChicago series, and takes part in the Spoleto (Charleston), Bay Chamber (Maine) and San Francisco Early Music Festivals.

She returns to Wigmore Hall as soloist with La Serenissima, and to Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and makes her debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus. Her recording for Delphian, "Ohrwurm" (in partnership with YCAT). will be released in 2020.

Tabea was a prize winner at the 2018 YCAT International Auditions and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She is represented by Concert Artists Guild. Her website is

"Her eloquence of phrasing and unfailingly intelligent musicianship, together with a charismatic virtuosity…brings life to all of this music, whatever its epoch, whatever the approach. She is a deeply gifted artist. —Recorder Magazine


Alon Sariel

As a mandolinist and lutenist and conductor, Alon Sariel is at home in the fields of early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He has appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. He has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and Sala São Paulo in Brazil. 

Musical roads have taken Sariel to many different genres, from folk to the avant-garde, leading him to collaborations with a bright spectrum of first-class artists such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, countertenor Andreas Scholl, trumpeter and intuitive-music artist Markus Stockhausen, violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, accordionist and banjo player Stian Carstensen, and clarinetist David Krakauer. 

A winner of numerous international competitions, prizes, and awards, Sariel has also been actively engaged in several sociopolitical musical projects, including Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin), Rhapsody in School (Lars Vogt), and West-Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim). 

As a soloist and member of different ensembles, Sariel has toured throughout Europe, the United States, Mexico, South America, South Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He has given masterclasses for the Classical Mandolin Society of America and universities such as Trinity College of Music (London), Lilla Akademien (Stockholm), the conservatories of Kazan (Russia), and ZUŠ Nová Paka (Czech Republic), and Celaya (Mexico). Sariel’s playing has been heard via radio stations worldwide, including Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR3, P2, Klassiskt, Kol HaMusika, WQXR, and WNYC, among others.

Sariel currently resides in Hanover, where he is the musical director of the international Baroque orchestra Concerto Foscari and founding member of PRISMA. He was awarded the first prize at the International Biber Competition in Austria in 2015. Recent engagements as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists, Camerata Tinta Barocca (Cape Town), and Barokksolistene (Norway). 

Among diverse recording productions with different ensembles, Alon Sariel is signed on several world premiere recordings such as the trios for plucked instruments by Paul Ben-Haim (for Albany Records) and by Yehezkel Braun (for IMI), as well as Nedudim for mandolin and string orchestra by Gilad Hochman (with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin for Neue Meister). His recording Paisiello in Vienna, marking the 200th anniversary of the composer’s passing, was released by Brilliant Classics to wide critical acclaim. Sariel’s last recording Telemandolin (Berlin Classics), was awarded the Golden Label by Klassiek Centraal (Belgium) and the prestigious OPUS KLASSIK (Germany). 

2019 saw the release of Sariel’s album Rembrandt (querstand) as a lutenist, featuring music of the Dutch Golden Age; and Bach in the White City (Sheva Collection), an homage to Bauhaus Centenary, bridging elegantly between Weimar and Tel Aviv. Furthermore, he has recorded Beethoven’s mandolin literature on historical instruments for the 2020 NAXOS Classics Beethoven complete works CD box set. 

Program Notes by Tabea Debus

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Tabea Debus (b. 1991)

Ciaconna (after Antonio Bertali, Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Selections from Partita for Violin No. 3, BWV 1006

  • Gavotte en Rondeau
  • Menuet 1 and 2
  • Bourrée
  • Gigue

Gareth Moorcraft (b. 1990)

Diaries of the Early Worm

Johann Schop (1590-1667)

Lachrimae pavane

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Spirituoso from Intrada-Suite, Gullivers Reisen (TWV 40:108)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Alla francese from Fantasia for solo flute (TWV 40:8)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Reverie der Liliputaner, nebst ihren Aufweckern from Intrada-Suite, Guillvers Reisen

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Allegro from Fantasia for Solo Violin (arr. Mandolin, TWV 40:23)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)

Lilipputsche Chaccone from Intrada-Suite, Guillivers Reisen (TWV 40:108)

Pierre-Francisque Carroubel (1556-1611/15)

Spagnolette from Terpischore, Musarum Aoniarum (Michael Pratorius, 1612)

Program Subject to Change Without Notice