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Daniele Gatti began his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam in 2016. Born in 1961 in Milan, he studied piano, violin, composition, and conducting at the Verdi Conservatory there and was 27 when he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala. In 1992 he was named Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which he helmed for five years; during that period, between 1994 and 1997, he was also active as Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House in London. He has held additional leadership positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2009), the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997–2007), Zurich Opera (2009–2012), and the Orchestre National de France (2008–2016). For many years, Gatti has enjoyed a close partnership with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper, where he has presided over various new productions. In 2008 he made his Bayreuth Festival debut with Parsifal; at the Salzburg Festival he has conducted Strauss’s Elektra, Puccini’s La bohème, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, and Verdi’s Il trovatore. In 2019 he will lead the Berlin Philharmonic in Verdi’s Otello at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival. In the concert hall, Gatti has collaborated with many leading orchestras in addition to those previously named, including the Filarmonica della Scala, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which appointed him to be its Artistic Advisor in 2016. His most recent CD release, which appeared in June 2018, is of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Daniele Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale al Merito of the Italian Republic; France has named him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2005 and 2016 the Italian Critics’ Association awarded him the Premio Abbiati. He teaches at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2005 with the Vienna Philharmonic in a program of works by Strauss, Mahler, and Wagner.