Daniele Gatti was born in Milan and studied
piano, composition, and conducting at the Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano.
He has been appointed the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's new chief conductor, a post he
will assume in 2016. He has been music director of the Orchestre National de France since
September 2008 and is conductor laureate of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was
music director from 1996 to 2009. Prior to these appointments, he was music director of the
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992-1997) and of the Teatro
Comunale di Bologna (1997-2007); principal guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent
Garden (1994-1997); and principal conductor at the Zurich Opera House (2009-2012).
Mr. Gatti has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses all over the
world, including the Vienna State Opera; Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Bavarian State Opera
in Munich; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Zurich Opera House; and the Metropolitan
Opera, where he made his debut 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, the closing production of the theater's Verdi
Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever invited to conduct at the Bayreuth
Festival, where he opened the 2008 season with a new production of Parsifal. After
leading Elektra at the Salzburg Festival in 2010, he returned there in 2012 to
conduct La bohème, in 2013 to lead Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and in
2014 to conduct Il trovatore and two orchestral concerts.
His future engagements feature appearances with the most prestigious orchestras of the
world, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio
Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. With the Sächsische
Staatskapelle Dresden, he will conduct for the first time at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
His upcoming operatic projects include Macbeth at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in
Paris, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, and
Falstaff and Die Meistersinger at La Scala.
Mr. Gatti records exclusively for Sony, and his first two
recordings with the Orchestre National de France, dedicated to the music of Debussy and
Stravinsky, were released in 2012 and 2013, respectively. A DVD of Mr. Gatti leading
François Girard's production of Parsifal at the Met was released in
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more
consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical
music than the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO).
Since its inception by Otto Nicolai in 1842, the
fascination that the orchestra has held for prominent composers and conductors, as well as
for audiences all over the world, is based not only on a homogenous musical style carefully
bequeathed from one generation to the next, but also on its unique history and structure.
The foremost ruling body of the organization is the orchestra itself. In accordance with
Philharmonic statutes, only a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra can become a
member of the Vienna Philharmonic. Before joining the Philharmonic, one must first audition
for a position with the State Opera Orchestra and then successfully complete a three-year
tenure before becoming eligible to submit an application for membership in the association
of the Vienna Philharmonic.
The VPO performs approximately 110 concerts
every season at home, presents weeks of concerts in New York and Japan, and has
participated in the Salzburg Festival since 1922. The orchestra makes yearly guest
appearances in leading concert halls and festivals around the world, presents a New Year's
Concert that is broadcast internationally in more than 90 countries, and presents the free
Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn, which is attended annually by up to 100,000
In 2014, the VPO received the coveted Birgit Nilsson Prize for outstanding achievements
and major contributions to the field of opera and concert, as well as the Herbert von
Karajan Music Prize.
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's mission is
to communicate the humanitarian message of music to its listeners. For more than a decade,
the VPO has given benefit concerts in support of humanitarian causes around the world, and
since 2005, it has been Goodwill Ambassador for the World Health Organization. The
musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic endeavor to implement the motto with which Ludwig van
Beethoven prefaced his Missa solemnis: "From the heart, to the