Conductor Nabil Shehata


Following his studies with Daniel Barenboim, Lawrence Foster and Christian Thielemann, and having worked with several youth and chamber orchestras, Nabil Shehata made his remarkable debut conducting in Cottbus (Germany) in April 2007. Since then, he has been invited to guest conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in Venezuela twice by Gustavo Dudamel has in 2008, and the Ljubljana Radio Orchestra and the Dohnányi Orchestra in 2009. He has most recently, in February 2010, led the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and devotes much of his time to conducting while continuing his activities as a leading double-bassist
Nabil Shehata´s career was launched in 2003 when he won the ARD International Music Competition, Munich, and in the same year he was invited by the Staatskapelle Berlin to become their principal double bassist before being hired for the same post at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2004. He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist by major orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Bremen Philharmonic and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. His solo debut with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Barenboim was one of the highlights of the 2007/2008 season. Nabil Shehata has commissioned and performed numerous works, including recently "Primus" by Moritz Eggert for bass and orchestra he has performed with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra in February 2008.
A frequent guest at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Bath International Music Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival, Nabil collaborates with artists including Thomas Quasthoff, Nikolaj Znaider, Christoph Poppen, David Geringas, Elena Bashkirova, Klaus Thunemann, Viviane Hagner and Daniel Barenboim. Along with colleagues from the Berlin Philharmonic he founded the Philharmonic String Quintet, with which he has toured extensively in Europe and, in 2008/09, in Japan. In the same season he was a guest of the Fauré String Quartet, performing Schubert´s ‘Trout´ Quartet and the Mendelssohn Sextet in numerous concerts.
Despite his many other commitments, Nabil Shehata is very involved in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra project, of which he has been a long term member. He frequently gives master classes in Europe, Israel and Japan and has been Professor at the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and the School of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since October 2007.
Born in Kuwait in 1980 to a German mother and an Egyptian father, Nabil Shehata has lived in Germany since the age of five years. He began learning the piano, but he soon discovered a passion for the bass. Thomas Zscherpe was his first teacher and he then studied with Michinori Bunya in Würzburg and with Esko Laine in Berlin, during which time he has received fellowships from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (National Merit Foundation of German) and the Stiftung Podium Junger Musiker (Springboard Young Musicians).