Germany’s next music director is from … Kuwait

Germany’s next music director is from … Kuwait


norman lebrecht

December 18, 2018

The Philharmonie Südwestfalen has announced Nabil Shehata as its next chief.

A former principal doublebass of the Berlin Philharmonic, Shehata, 37, has been music director of the Munich Chamber Opera for the past seven years.

Of German and Egyptian parentage, he maintains a close involvement with Daniel Barenboim’s West-East Diwan Orchestra.



  • Andy Lim says:

    Thought he was German-Egyptian…?

  • Ben G. says:

    There goes another good player! When will they ever learn?

  • Guido Rückel says:

    Half german,half egyptian he is!!!

  • Peter says:

    “From Kuwait”? Far more apposite to say that he is from Germany, which is where he’s been based for essentially all but the first few years of his life.