Born in Milan, Daniele Gatti studied music at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi (Milan Conservatory) in his native city. A star even in his own country, he gave his first concert in Milan at 18, became musical director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (the National Academy of St Cecilia) in 1992, and then of the Teatro Comunale Bologna in 1997. In April 2010, he was invited to Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theatre) and returned regularly, notably in 2013 for the season’s opening of La Traviata.
He has had a brilliant career as a conductor, always at the service of composers. "What is important is to try to be in the head of the composer," he says. He has worked with many prestigious orchestras throughout Europe and conducted new productions including, Falstaff at Covent Garden, Parsifal at the opening of the Bayreuther Festspiele (the Bayreuth Festival) ,the Metropolitan Opera, Elektra, La bohème, Die Meistersinger, and Il Trovatore at the Salzburger Festspiele (the Salzburg Festival). From March 2022, he will be the principal director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. From 2024 he will be Chief Conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.
Daniele Gatti received the prestigious "Premio Franco Abbiati" 2015 from the Italian music critics as best conductor. In 2016, he was promoted to Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour) for his work as music director of the Orchestre National de France. He has also recorded various albums with the Sony Classical, RCO Live and C Major labels.