Born in Milan, Daniele Gatti studied composition and conducting at that city's "Giuseppe
Verdi" Conservatory. He has been music director of the Orchestre National de France since
2008 and was recently appointed the new chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra, beginning in the 2016-2017 season. He has also served as music director of the
Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1992-1997), the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra (1994-2007), and Teatro Comunale di Bologna (1997-2007); as
principal guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1994-1997); and as
principal conductor at the Zurich Opera House (2009-2012).
Mr. Gatti has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses and festivals
worldwide, including the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera,
Zurich Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He opened the
2008 Bayreuth Festival with a new production of Parsifal, repeated every year
until 2011, and has appeared at the Salzburg Festival with performances of Elektra
(2010), La bohème (2012), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2013), and
Il trovatore (2014).
With the Orchestre National de France, Mr. Gatti has conducted the Mahler symphony cycle
at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a concert performance of Parsifal at the Théâtre des
Champs-Élysées, the Beethoven symphony cycle in combination with five new commissions of
French contemporary composers, the Tchaikovsky symphony cycle, and a series featuring music
inspired by Shakespeare at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Verdi's Macbeth in
a new production by Mario Martone and two symphonic concerts based on Shakespearean
dramaturgy in music). He appears regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna
Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Filarmonica della
Highlights of Mr. Gatti's season include a US tour with the Orchestre National de France
and three concerts at Vienna's Musikverein. He returns to the Orchestra dell'Accademia
Nazionale di Santa Cecilia to conduct a Schumann symphony cycle and completes a Beethoven
symphony cycle at the Lingotto Theatre in Turin with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He also
embarks on a European tour with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and a summer festival
tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In opera, he leads Tristan und
Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and will open the 2016-2017 season with
the same production at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome. In 2017, he will conduct Die
Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Teatro alla Scala.
Orchestre National de France
The Orchestre National de France, founded in 1934 by Radio France, was France's first
full-time professional symphony orchestra, and 80 years later, its history is embossed with
unforgettable concert performances, countless French and world premieres, outstanding
recordings, and world-class tours in collaboration with exceptional international artists
who exemplify the orchestra's passion for excellence.
The orchestra has a distinguished list of conductors emeriti, including Désiré-Émile
Inghelbrecht, Manuel Rosenthal, André Cluytens, Roger Désormière, Charles Munch, Maurice Le
Roux, Jean Martinon, Sergiu Celibidache, Lorin Maazel, Jeffrey Tate, Charles Dutoit, and
Kurt Masur. Since September 2008, current music director Daniele Gatti has energized the
multiple facets of the orchestra's symphonic repertoire from masterpieces by French
composers like Debussy, Ravel, and Berlioz, to symphonic milestones like the complete
symphonic works of Brahms, Beethoven, Mahler, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
Worldwide touring success has also established the Orchestre National de France on the
international circuit far beyond its Paris home. During the 2015-2016 season, the orchestra
performs in Ottawa, Boston, New York, Newark, Greenvale, Vienna, and Washington, DC. Other
season highlights include the orchestra's return to residency at Paris's Maison de la
Radio, while retaining its 70-year partnership with the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for
lyrical repertoire. The orchestra's first American tour took place in 1948.
The Orchestre National de France is proud of having premiered many major works of
20th-century music, including pieces by Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse,
Iannis Xenakis, and Henri Dutilleux, among many others. In addition, numerous recording
projects stand out as landmarks in the history of the orchestra. Recent successes include
Dutilleux's Le temps l'horloge with Renée Fleming and Seiji Ozawa, as well as
Daniele Gatti's interpretations of Debussy's La mer, Prélude à l'après-midi
d'un faune, and Images.
Each year since 2013 on Bastille Day, the Orchestre National de France and Mr. Gatti
perform for more than 700,00 people at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The concert features
many special guests and is broadcast on television worldwide.
Concert activities that engage younger audiences have been considerably increased by the
creation of several new series, and musicians of the orchestra continue to visit
schools-often meeting with children who are discovering a symphony orchestra for the first