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Daniele Gatti


Audiences and critics across the world applaud the exciting fusion that results from Daniele Gatti’s “symphonic power” and the “finest chamber music,” from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

This praise from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera followed an October 2013 concert in Milan’s La Scala with works by Wagner, Mahler and Beethoven.

The artistic relationship between Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra began with a highly successful rendition of Lulu at the Wiener Festwochen 2010. Further collaborations followed, each of which deepened and strengthened the bond between Gatti and the MCO. Recent major collaborations include a memorial concert for Claudio Abbado at the Dresden Music Festival 2014, an all-Mendelssohn programme at the Lucerne Festival in Summer 2014, and a concert featuring works by Prokofjew and Stravinsky at the Lucerne Festival in Summer 2015. 

Between January 2015 and May 2016, Daniele Gatti and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra worked through a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, presenting them across four tours, which took place primarily in Italy.

Daniele Gatti was appointed Artistic Advisor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2016. 


Daniele Gatti was born in Milan, where he graduated in composition and conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. He has been appointed the new Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a post he will assume in September this year, when he completes his tenure (dating back to 2008) as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France. Prior to these appointments, he was Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992-97), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1994-2007 1996-2009) and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1997-2007), as well as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1994-97) and Zurich Opera House (2009-2012). 

Daniele Gatti has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses and festivals worldwide, including the Vienna State Opera (Simon Boccanegra, Moses und Aron, Otello, Boris Godunov, and Lulu), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Wozzeck, Don Carlo, and Lulu), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Aida, Fidelio), the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Otello, Falstaff), the Zurich Opera House (Falstaff, Parsifal, Otello, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Mathis der Maler) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where he made his début in a new production of Madame Butterfly in 1994, and where he returned in February 2013 for an acclaimed new production of Parsifal. In December 2013, he opened the new season at La Scala with La Traviata, closing appointment of the bicentenary Giuseppe Verdi’s celebrations.

Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever to have been invited to the Bayreuth Festival, where he opened the 2008 edition with a new production of Parsifal (repeated every year until 2011). After leading Elektra at the Salzburg Festival in 2010, he returned there in 2012 to conduct La Bohème, in 2013 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, in 2014 Il Trovatore and two symphonic concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2012, he conducted Falstaff, a very successful new production of  Robert Carsen, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; the same production was performed in 2014 at the Dutch National Opera and in 2015 at La Scala.

With the Orchestre National de France, Daniele Gatti conducted a Mahler cycle at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Parsifal in concert version at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Beethoven cycle in combination with five new commissions of French contemporary composers. He also completed a Tchaikovsky cycle and conducted a Shakespearean cycle at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth in a new production of Mario Martone and two symphonic concerts based on the Shakespearean dramaturgy in music).

Regular conducting engagements include Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.

Highlights of 2016 in Italy include Daniele Gatti's return to the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct Schumann and Brahms at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome; the completion of the Beethoven symphony cycle with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, of which he is Artistic Advisor, on occasion of a tour; and Mendelssohn's Elias at the Opera Theatre in Florence, where he will return to in June for a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic as part of an European tour.

With the Orchestre National de France, Gatti embarked on a US tour, including a stop at Carnegie Hall, and concerts at the Vienna Musikverein. With the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he will lead a summer festival tour and start a tour, spanning three seasons, named “RCO meets Europe”, including an Italian date at the Lingotto Theatre in Turin this year.

In opera, Gatti recently made his début at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées with Tristan und Isolde and with the same production, he will open the 2016-17 season at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2017, he will conduct Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at La Scala.

He has recently been assigned the prestigious Premio Abbiati as best conductor for 2015 by the Italian music critics.

Daniele Gatti is a Sony exclusive artist. His first two Sony recordings with the Orchestre National de France, dedicated to Debussy and Stravinsky, were released in 2012 and 2013. The DVD of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a production of François Girard, was released in spring 2014.