Shalev Ad-El was born in Israel in 1968. He graduated from the Royal Conservatory in 1988. As a soloist he has played with most of the leading orchestras in Israel among all, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is a regular guest as a conductor and soloist on some of the world's most prestigious stages such as Prague Spring, Brugge festival, Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal, Israel Festival, New York's 92Y, Haendel-Festspiele at Halle, Suntory hall and Opera city of Tokyo, Sydney Chamber music festival, Mexico City Cenart, Bogota Banco de la republica, Innsbruck festival, London's Wigmore Hall, Saintes, Leipzig Bachfest etc.
From 1997 till 2007 he has been regular guest conductor at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Halle/Saale, Germany. Guest conducting included among others Berlin Symphony, Bogota Symphony and Sydney festival orchestra.
Aside numerous TV and Radio appearances Ad-El already recorded over 65 CD's for labels such as Chandos (GB), Denon (Japan), Accent, Eufoda and Klara (Belgium), Unacorda (Spain), Stradivarius (Italy), CPO, RAM, Ambitus and HR (Germany) and Koch International (US).
He is also a regular member of Il Gardellino (B), and The Dorian Consort (CH), Stadivarius Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra and the music director of Accademia Daniel (IL) and Oslo Baroque Soloists.
Ad-El held regular teaching positions at the Dresden Academy for Early Music, Brno Masaryk University and Boston-University. He also held master classes among all in Moscow conservatory, Tallinn, Rheinsberg castle, Florida State University, Interlocken MI, Bloomington IN, Longy school of music, Fukuoka Japan, Beijing Academy of music, Instituto superior of Havanna, Conservatorio de Lima, Conservatorio de La Paz, La universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires, Academy for performing arts of Hong Kong, Sydney and in UNIRIO of Rio de Janeiro
In 2008 he won the prestigious FASCH-AWARD for his life-long contribution to the revival of central-German baroque music.