Daniele Gatti

Born Nov. 6, 1961 in Milan (Italy).

Daniele Gatti has been Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996. He was Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997, Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera House between 1994 and 1997 and Music Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna from 1997 to 2007. He has also been named ‘Accademico’ of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In 2005 the Italian critics awarded him the Abbiati Prize.

Daniele Gatti has conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras and is a regular guest conductor with the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras. He has a close relationship with the Vienna State Opera. His return to La Scala with Wagner’s Lohengrin was met with an enthusiastic response from audiences and critics alike.

Many projects have included : Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival (2008), Verdi’s Don Carlo at La Scala (December 2008), Verdi’s Aida at the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich (June 2009) and at the Metropolitan in New York (September 2009). The 2007/2008 season has started with the opening of the ABO concerts series in Vienna, followed by a Verdi’s Requiem for the International Festival of Sacred Music in Vatican/Rome, both with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Daniele Gatti has returned on the podium of the Boston Symphony in March 2008. He will go to Chicago Symphony in March 2009 and again to Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic in September 2009.

Daniele Gatti has made several recordings for the BMG/RCA Red Seal label including the music of Rossini, Mahler, Prokofiev, Bartók and Respighi. His critically acclaimed recording of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with the RPO on the Harmonia Mundi label was the first in a complete series of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies. A recording of the Fourth Symphony and Capriccio Italien was released in late 2005 and Time Out Chicago’s review of this recording said: Gatti gets a glowing sound out of his strings ... His brass section is second to none ... Gatti’s approach works so well. The Sixth Symphony and the Serenade for Strings have also been released on the same label.

Upper right picture : © DR. Central picture : © Silvia Lelli.