MICHELE GAMBA
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Michele Gamba studied composition at the Milan Conservatory and philosophy at Milan University. After winning the Rudolf Serkin Prize, he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he specialized in chamber music and Lieder. He also studied chamber music with Maria Tipo at the reknowned Scuola di Fiesole, Lied and conducting in Vienna and at the Accademie Chigiana in Siena.

Initially pursuing a promising career as a solo pianist, he gave his conducting debut in 2009 at the Royal Festival Hall with the 'Future Firsts' of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was then invited to work as assistant conductor and répétiteur at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. 

Between 2012 and 2015, Michele Gamba was a member of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as conductor, which lead, at the invitation of Sir Antonio Pappano, to the appointment as his Assistant and Jette Parker Associate Conductor. 
With Antonio Pappano, he has worked closely on a variety of operatic productions and in symphonic repertoire with orchestras like the ROH Orchestra, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. Whilst at the ROH, he also conducted Bastien und Bastienne, Berio’s Folk Songs, and excerpts from Eugene Onegin, Così fan tutte and Les Pecheurs de Perles.

In autumn 2015, he gave an acclaimed house debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in Le nozze di Figaro in a new production by Jürgen Flimm and assisted Daniel Barenboim in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra and Il Trovatore the same season.

This was followed by a spectacular last-minute debut at Tea­tro alla Scala in I due Foscari, jumping in at only half an hour's notice. He was immediately re-invited for an Accademia production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and for Le Nozze di Figaro, both in the 2016/17 season.
 
Other opera engagements include Norma at the Macerata Festival in Italy, a return to the Hamburgische Staatsoper for a revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Le Nozze di Figaro, house debuts at Opera de Montpellier in Rossini's Armide as well as at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rigoletto.
 
Active both in the symphonic and operatic repertoire, Michele Gamba has conducted orchestras such as the Southbank Sinfonia London, Welsh National Opera, Divertimento Ensemble, the Sofia Festival Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana Palermo, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Orchestra Sinfonia Nazionale della RAI.

Highlights in 2017/18 include house debuts at Venice’s La Fenice in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro, at Stuttgart Opera in La Sonnambula and the Teatro Nacional São Carlos in Lisbon in La Traviata, a return to the opera house in Montpellier for a symphonic programme as well as debut concerts with the Duisburger Philharmoniker and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

 
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"[...] all contributed to the success of the performance. As did Michele Gamba’s conducting of the orchestra – a suave, playful account neither heavily traditional nor bogged down with period-performance obsessiveness."
Bachtrack.com, Hamburgische Staatsoper - Le Nozze di Figaro, February 2017
"Pour redonner vie à ce grand ouvrage napolitain – et succéder au maestro Zedda – il fallait une personnalité de la trempe de Michele Gamba, jeune chef talentueux, d'une discipline de fer mais d'une remarquable expressivité, ne lâchant pas ses chanteurs d’une semelle et faisant corps avec les membres de l’Orchestre national Montpellier-Occitanie, galvanisés par son style et sa charismatique présence."
concertclassic.com, Opera National de Montpellier, Rossini - Armide, February 2017
"Il appartient à l'assistant de Daniel Barenboïm à Berlin, Michele Gamba, de canaliser le magma musical. Ne pas se laisser déborder par l'ébriété rythmique mais ralentir ou accélérer les tempos pour capter l'attention semble le parti pris par la direction d'orchestre."
forumopera.com, Opera National de Montpellier, Rossini - Armide, February 2017
"Dans la fosse, le jeune chef italien Michele Gamba est également le grand vainqueur de cette reprise française. Direction brillante, style raffiné, technique souveraine, il ne manque rien à ce musicien accompli dont l'enthousiasme a su embraser chacun des membres de l'orchestre Montpellier Occitanie, littéralement survoltés."
Wanderer, Opera National de Montpellier, Rossini - Armide, March 2017
"The music was first-rate but the production dangerously unengaged [...] Overseeing the performance was Michele Gamba, who by good fortune has become the latest of a crop of up-and-coming Italian conductors. His big moment came during La-Scala's March production of I due Foscari, a sudden illness felling bel canto wunderkind Michele Mariotti just moments before the curtain went up [...] "In gamba!", hailed the newspapers (on the ball!). Michele was an instant hit.
Tonight, there was panache in the way Gamba unfurled long melodies, coupled with requisite punch when we reached the temperature-raising battle cry "Guerra, Guerra!". For a conductor of such meek stature, Gamba exudes surprising authority, bringing off players with a swipe and reaching out far from the pit to coordinate dispersed chorus members. Most impressive was his sense of pacing. "Teneri figli" pulsated with pathos but never wallowed, while "Va crudele, al dio spietato" had strings scampering over an uncrumpled surface."

Bachtrack.com, Macerata Festival - Bellini, Norma, July 2016
Die Staatskapelle war spielfreudig engagiert und folgte dem jungen Michele Gamba mit Verve; dieser wiederum gestaltete nuancenreich, frisch, frei [...]

 
www.bachtrack.com, Staatsoper Berlin - Le Nozze di Figaro, November 2015

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