Germany’s next music director is from … Kuwait

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.


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  • “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.

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