He received a diploma in composition and conducting at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. He is the Principle Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) of Amsterdam since September 2016, and an Artistic Consultant of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has held prestigious positions in important places of music such as the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre National de France, the Royal Opera House of London, the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, and the Opernhaus of Zurich. He regularly collaborates with renowned symphonic institutions such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.
Among the numerous and important new productions that he has conducted, include Falstaff, directed by Robert Carsen (in London, Milan, and Amsterdam); the Parsifal, directed by Stefan Herheim, with which he inaugurated the 2008 edition of the Bayreuth Festival (one the few Italian conductors to be invited to the Wagnerian festival); the Parsifal directed by François Girard at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; and four works at the Salzburg Festival (Elektra, La bohème, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Il trovatore).
On the occasion of the celebrations for the year of Verdi, in 2013, he inaugurated the season at La Scala with La Traviata, where he also directed Don Carlo for the opening of the season in 2008, and titles such as Lohengrin, Lulu, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Falstaff and Wozzeck.
Among his most recent engagements are: Pelléas et Mélisande at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the inauguration of the season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with the same Wagnerian title.
In 2016, he began a three year cycle of concerts entitled “RCO meets Europe”, which involved the 28 countries of the European Union and included the “Side by Side” project – thanks to which some musicians from local youth orchestras participated in the performance of the first piece in the program next to the professors of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This concert series was conducted by Gatti, thus making possible a human and musical exchange of an extraordinary nature. The Italian appointment of the series was at the Lingotto Auditorium of Turin.
In June 2017, he directed the RCO for the first time since his appointment as Principal Conductor in a lyrical production with Salome at the National Opera in Amsterdam.
During the 2017/2018 season he is directing the Berlin Philharmonic at the Philharmonie in Berlin; the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, with the Second Symphony by Mahler; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Europe; and he will be in South Korea, Japan and Carnegie Hall in New York, for appointments in addition to those on the bill in Amsterdam. This year he has also inaugurated the season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma with La damnation de Faust. He is on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, he returns to the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and he is on the podium of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Monaco, and of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London.
Daniele Gatti was awarded the Franco Abbiati Award of Italian music critics for Best Director in 2015; and in 2016, he received the honor of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur of the French Republic for his activity as Music Director of the Orchester national de France.
His notable recordings include those for Sony Classical with the Orchester national de France dedicated to Debussy and Stravinsky, and the Parsifal DVD, which was staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. For the RCO Live label he has recently recorded the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.
He has been teaching at the Accademia Chigiana since 2016.