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. 

In 2012, he joined 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.

Active both in the symphonic and operatic repertoire, Gamba has conducted orchestras including the Southbank Sinfonia London, Welsh National Opera, Nuova Cameristica Italiana, Divertimento Ensemble, Niederbayerische Philharmonie and the Sofia Festival Orchestra.

Last season, he gave his debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in Le nozze di Figaro  in the new production by Jürgen Flimm, gaining wide praise from critics and audiences alike. He also assisted Daniel Barenboim in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra and Il Trovatore

In March 2016, Michele Gamba gave 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 to conduct an Accademia production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail this season. He concluded 2015/16 with performances of Norma at the Macerata Festival in Italy.

Engagements in 2016/17 include a return to the Hamburgische Staatsoper for a revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Le Nozze di Figaro, a title he also conducts at the Teatro alla Scala, concerts with I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan and the Orchestra Sinfonia Siciliana Palermo (with Albrecht Meyer) as well as house debuts at Opera de Montpellier in Rossini's Armide as well as at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in Rigoletto.

 
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"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, Le Nozze di Figaro - Staatsoper Berlin, November 2015

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