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“Brilliant direction, style raffiné, technique souveraine, il ne manque rien à ce musicien accompli…” (Wanderer, F. Lesueur) - “Very sure arm and clear gesture…” (La Stampa, A. Mattioli) - “Michele Gamba …musician sensitive and well-prepared [...] an excellent concertation ..." (Classica Viva, L. Ciammarughi)

Among the most multifaceted and interesting performers of recent years, Michele Gamba is invited by numerous European theaters and orchestras of great prestige. Particularly active in the symphonic field and with a marked interest in today's music, he does not neglect his piano activity, often performing in chamber ensembles.

Established as one of the most multifaceted and interesting interpreters of recent years, Michele Gamba was born in Milan where he completed his piano and composition studies at the “G. Verdi” and graduated in Philosophy at the State University with a thesis on Hannah Arendt. He then specialized with Maria Tipo at the Fiesole Music School, in chamber music at the Royal Academy in London and finally in orchestral conducting at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and at the Musikhochschule in Vienna.
After important experiences as assistant to Antonio Pappano and Daniel Barenboim, he made his debut at Covent Garden conducting the Mozartian Bastien und Bastienne and a scenic version of Berio's Folk Songs, then landed at the Berlin Staatsoper with a new production of Le nozze di Figaro for the directed by Jürgen Flimm, enjoying great success with audiences and critics.
Invited by numerous European theaters and orchestras, he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2016 and since then a relationship of esteem and trust has been established with the orchestra and the Milanese theater which will lead him to take part in seven productions in recent years: the world premiere of Madina by Fabio Vacchi, the Opening Evening 2020, L'elisir d'amore, Le nozze di Figaro, a Schumannian Liederabend with Markus Werba and the highly acclaimed new staging of Rigoletto directed by Mario Martone.
He was called by the Semperoper Dresden to conduct Die Zauberflöte in the production which marked the reopening of the theater after the pandemic. His most recent engagements have brought him several times to the podium of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (for various symphonic concerts and a new production of Linda di Chamounix directed by Cesare Lievi), of the Staatsoper of Hamburg (The Marriage of Figaro) and Stuttgart (The bohème and Sonnambula), the Strasbourg Opera (The Barber of Seville), the Capitole of Toulouse (Macbeth), the Tel Aviv Opera (Idomeneo and a new production of the Marriage of Figaro directed by David Pountney). At the Rome Opera and at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin he conducts Rigoletto.
Particularly active in the symphonic field and with a marked interest in today's music, Michele Gamba often conducts ensembles such as the Rai National Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Duisburger Philharmoniker, the Orchester du Capitole de Toulouse, the 'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, the Divertimento Ensemble. He inaugurated the Milano Musica Festival in 2019 and closed the 2021 edition, conducting first performances of important authors such as Francesconi, Saunders, Vacchi, Reich, Adès and proposing rarely listened layouts that combine contemporary greats with classics of the historic twentieth century such as Berg, Mahler, Shostakovich, Britten.
He does not neglect his piano activity, often performing in chamber ensembles in halls such as the Gasteig in Munich, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin. Very recently published, in duo with the cellist Martina Rudić, the album "Correspondences" which compares scores by Bach, Berio and Boulez.
Upcoming engagements include the New York Metropolitan for L'elisir d'amore and the Washington National Opera for Il Trovatore, as well as an eagerly awaited return to La Scala as pianist with baritone Markus Werba for Schubert's Winterreise.
(Michele Gamba, top photo credit ©Brescia & Amisano)
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