The Italian Daniele Gatti is to become the new chief conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. After being elected by the orchestra, Minister of Culture Barbara Klepsch (CDU) was asked to start negotiations with Gatti (60), the Staatskapelle announced on Tuesday. Christian Thielemann’s contract as chief conductor was not extended in May 2021 and ends in July 2024. This year the Dresdeners also said goodbye as the partner orchestra of the Salzburg Easter Festival.
According to the orchestra board, Gatti is one of the most renowned conductors of the present for the Staatskapelle. “His sensitive feeling for the special sound of the Staatskapelle, his gripping musical visions and last but not least his international reputation have made him the orchestra’s preferred candidate.”
With Gatti, the musicians have chosen an artist as their future chief conductor, “who, due to his enormous musical experience and his joy in a diverse repertoire, will set decisive accents in opera and concerts both in Dresden and on international stages,” emphasized Nora Schmid, designated artistic director of the Semperoper.
Since 2000 cooperation with Dresdeners
Gatti made his debut in Dresden in 2000. Since then he has repeatedly worked with the Staatskapelle. Gatti had studied in his hometown of Milan. He is currently music director of the Orchestra Mozart, artistic advisor to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and chief conductor of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. He works regularly with well-known orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Released in Amsterdam
In August 2018, Gatti was dismissed as chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra after allegations of sexual harassment. Several musicians had complained about the “inappropriate behavior” of the chief conductor. Gatti firmly denied the allegations.