Adel Shalaby was born in Cairo and has lived in Germany for over thirty years. He embodies the merger of North African and European culture, serving as a living bridge between these rich traditions. With his outstanding passion for music, he has mentored several generations of talented young artists and given them the opportunity to shine.
Mr. Shalaby was first exposed to percussion instruments at six years old. Since then, he has continued to evolve as a percussionist, conductor, and pedagogue.
He began studying percussion in earnest in Cairo, where he graduated with distinction. From 1975 to 1979 he taught percussion at the Cairo Conservatory. Later, he moved to Germany and began teaching at the Würzburg University of Music, where he remained from 1982 to 1989. In 1986, Mr. Shalaby completed his studies with the master class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where he has taught since 1989.
With his many talents, Mr. Shalaby has won numerous awards, including the percussion competition at the Würzburg University of Music in 1980 and the international percussion competition in Barcelona in 1981.
Adel Shalaby has performed with world-renowned virtuoso Keiko Abe in the world première performance of Akira Nishimura’s “Matra” and with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Werner Jacob’s “Sine nomine nomina super”. His international concert career is documented in numerous recordings, having been widely broadcast on Czech, South-West German, North German, and Bavarian radio and on television in Egypt and Germany.
As a uniquely inspiring pedagogue and teacher, he is particularly renowned. Recently, his scholars have won more than 25 well-respected national and international prizes, including the Bavarian State Prize for Young Artists. His graduates fill leading positions in distinguished orchestras across Europe.
Since 1990 he has organised and conducted over 200 concerts of various music styles and instrumentation, especially symphonic concerts, operas, and ballet performances, amongst others at the State Theatre at the Gärtnerplatz in Munich and at the Cairo Opera House.
Adel Shalaby’s performances and concerts have received international critical acclaim. Outstanding events of the past have included a concert celebrating the 850th anniversary of the city of Munich, as well as the opening concert for German Cultural Week in Cairo, which the Egyptian press lauded as having been “...one of the best performances presented by the Cairo Opera House” (Al-Ahram, March 30th 2009).