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Considered the 'foremost conductor of his generation', Italian conductor Daniele Gatti has galvanized the music world with his dramatic and instinctive style. With fire and flair, he has established his mastery of the orchestra and the opera stage alike, imbuing his interpretations with acute understanding and refined sensitivity.

Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996, Gatti has inspired audiences and critics alike with his enraptured performances:

'...the RPO also testified to the benefits of having had Gatti as Music Director .... He has trained the orchestra to a peak: its string section is now among the finest to be heard in London in terms of rich sonority and unanimous articulation.' The Daily Telegraph

In September 2008, Daniele Gatti succeeded Kurt Masur as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France; in September 2009, he becomes Conductor Laureate of the RPO after a hugely successful 13 year tenure.

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 and 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, Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony orchestras. He has close relationships with the Vienna State Opera and with La Scala, Milan. In Vienna he has conducted several new productions including Simon Boccanegra in 2002, Moses und Aaron and Otello in 2006, and Boris Godunov in 2007. He will conduct a new production of Macbeth in 2009. At La Scala, he has conducted Lohengrin in 2007 and Wozzeck in 2008. He opened the 2008 Bayreuth Festival with an acclaimed new production of Wagner’s Parsifal.

Daniele Gatti inaugurated the 2008-2009 season with his first concert as Music Director of the Orchestre National de France at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Throughout the season he gives a series of concerts with the Orchestra both in Paris and in Europe. As a guest conductor, he opens the symphonic season of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, which is followed by a European tour with the Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala that culminates at Vienna’s Musikverein. He returns for concerts with the Concertgebouw, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Muenchner Philharmoniker and the Chicago Symphony orchestras, as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In December 2008, Daniele Gatti opened the Teatro alla Scala’s season with a new production of Don Carlo. In June 2009 he makes his début with the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich conducting a new production of Aida and in August 2009 he returns to his production of Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival.

Daniele Gatti has made several recordings for BMG/RCA Red Seal including the music of Rossini, Mahler, Prokofiev, Bartók and Respighi. He has recorded Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Symphonies for Harmonia Mundi with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.