Event Cancelled

Due to the current situation, all events at the Pierre Boulez Saal  through April 19, 2020 have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Any tickets already purchased may be returned.

Details on how to return tickets can be found here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the hall soon.


Nabil Shehata

Double Bass

Tim Park


José Gallardo



Serge Koussevitzky

Valse miniature for Double Bass and Piano Op. 1/2

Giovanni Bottesini

Elegy and Tarantella for Double Bass and Piano

Max Bruch

Kol Nidrei

Arrangement for Double Bass and Piano

Gioachino Rossini

Duetto for Violoncello and Double Bass in D major

Emil Tabakov

Motivy for Solo Double Bass

Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg

Sonata for Violoncello and Double Bass


Jean Barrière

Duet for Violoncello and Double Bass

Reinhold Glière

Prelude and Scherzo for Double Bass and Piano Op. 32

Reinhold Glière

Intermezzo and Tarantella for Double Bass and Piano Op. 9

Alfredo Carlo Piatti

Serenade for two Violoncellos and Piano

Arrangement for Violoncello, Double Bass, and Piano

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

The double bass serves as the musical foundation of the symphony orchestra, but it is rarely heard as a solo instrument. This season for one night, it takes center stage at the Pierre Boulez Saal in a program of chamber music. Nabil Shehata, former principal double bass of the Berliner Philharmoniker and a faculty member of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, explores the wide-ranging repertoire for his instrument together with cellist Tim Park and pianist José Gallardo. The three artists perform original works by Giovanni Bottesini and Johann Rudolph Zumsteeg as well as Shehata’s own arrangements, including of Max Bruch’s famous Kol Nidrei, originally scored for cello and orchestra.