Project Description

Nabil Shehata – double-basses

Born to parents of German and Egyptian descent, Nabil Shehata grew up in Germany. Starting piano lessons with his mother at the age of six, he began studying the double-bass three years later with Thomas Zscherpe, continuing his studies with Michinori Bunya and Esko Laine. He has received awards at several international competitions, including 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the ARD competition in Munich. From 2004 to 2008 he was Principal Bass of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, performing as soloist under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. He has commissioned many double-bass works from contemporary composers, including a concerto by Moritz Eggert. Supporting young artists is of particular importance to Nabil Shehata, and he is deeply committed to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, of which he has been a member for many years.