“The Italian conductor Daniele Gatti will become the next chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam,” writes Brian Wise on Friday (10/3) at WQXR’s blog. “He will take up the post in 2016, succeeding Mariss Jansons, who is stepping down in March 2015. Gatti becomes the orchestra’s seventh chief conductor. Gatti has been a regular guest conductor at the Concertgebouw since 2004…. The Milan-born conductor has an extensive background in opera, though he is also known for his mastery of large orchestral scores by Mahler, Tchaikovsky and other late Romantics—composers strongly associated with the Concertgebouw. He takes over at an ensemble that critics usually regard as one of the world’s finest, but whose finances have been dogged by a softening of government support. The 53-year-old Gatti is also currently music director of the Orchestre National de France in Paris and has held positions in Bologna, Milan and London (with the Royal Philharmonic)…. Gatti has several dates scheduled with the orchestra this season, starting with a performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony this November.”

Posted October 6, 2014