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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 the 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.

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 taking place primarily in Italy. Upon the conclusion of the Beethoven cycle, the MCO and Daniele Gatti continued their focus on Robert Schumann’s symphonic work. The Schumann cycle saw its last chapter in January 2022.

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

In the season of 2023/2024, the orchestra reunites with the conductor for a programme that finds its inspiration in the intersection between classical and contemporary compositions. The tour will commence at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, before heading off to Spain.


Daniele Gatti graduated as a composer and orchestra conductor at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. He is Music Director of the Orchestra Mozart, Artistic Advisor of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and from 2024 he will be Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. 

He was Music Director of the Opera di Roma and held prestigious roles at musical institutions like Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Royal Opera House (London), Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Zürich Opernhaus and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Filarmonica della Scala are just a few of the symphonic institutions he works with. Daniele Gatti was awarded Premio Abbiati as best conductor in 2015, and in 2016 was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France and Grand Officer of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Some of the numerous and important new productions he has conducted include the Falstaff staged by Robert Carsen (in London, Milan, and Amsterdam); the Parsifal staged by Stefan Herheim opening the 2008 Bayreuther Festspiele (one of the very few Italian conductors to have been invited to the Wagnerian festival); the Parsifal staged by François Girard at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; four operas at the Salzburger Festspiele (Elektra, La bohème, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Il Trovatore). 

Under Sony Classical, he has recorded works by Debussy and Stravinsky with the Orchestre National de France, and a DVD of the Parsifal staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Under the label RCO Live he has recorded Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Mahler’s Second Symphony, a DVD of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps together with Debussy's Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune and La Mer, and a DVD of Strauss's Salome staged at the Dutch National Opera.