Daniele Gatti was born in Milan, where he graduated in composition and conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he was Music Director for the previous thirteen years. Prior to these appointments he was Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992–97), and of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1997–2007), Principal Guest Conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1994-97) and Principal Conductor at the 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, Lulu), La Scala Milan (Lohengrin, Wozzeck, Don Carlo and Lulu), the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Aida and 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 Madama 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 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 festival edition with a new production of Parsifal (repeated every year until 2010). 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, he conducted the Mahler Cycle at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Parsifal in concert version at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Beethoven Cycle in combination with five new commissions of French contemporary composers, completed a Tchaikovsky Cycle and conducted a shakespearean Cycle at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Macbeth of Giuseppe Verdi in a new production of Mario Martone and two symphonic concerts based on the shakespearean dramaturgy in music).
He conducts regularly the most prestigious orchestras of the world, among which: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.
Particular highlights of the 2016/2017 season include his return to the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct the entire cycle of Schumann symphonies at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and the completion of the Beethoven symphony cycle at the Lingotto Theatre in Turin with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
International tours and concert : with the Orchestre National de France, he tours the US (Carnegie Hall, NY included) and conducts the orchestra in three concerts at the Vienna Musikverein; with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra a cycle of concerts at the Concertgebouw; with the Vienna Philharmonic he tours Europe, as well as with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which he also conducts in a concert at the Salzburg Festival.
In opera, he makes his début at the Théâtre des Champs –Élysées with Tristan und Isolde and with the same title he opens the season 2016/17 at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2017 he conducts Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at La Scala.
He 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 New York Met, production François Girard, was released in spring 2014.