Born in Kuwait in 1980, Nabil Shehata moved to Germany at the age of four.
He began learning the double bass when he was nine years old. In 2003, he became the first double bassist to win first prize in the highly competitive ARD International Music Competition (Munich), receiving the audience award as well.
In the same year, he was brought to the Staatsoper Berlin by Daniel Barenboim as principle bass player.
In 2004, he began his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the same position. For many years, he has been a member of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is strongly committed to the co-existence of Israel and Arab countries.
He was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in 2007. In recent years, he has been building an impressive career as a conductor as well.