Washington Post: Leading orchestra dismisses conductor Gatti

By Anne Midgette and Peggy McGlone

2 August 2018

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, considered by some to be the leading orchestra in the world, announced Thursday that it is terminating its relationship with its chief conductor, Daniele Gatti.

“On 26 July, The Washington Post published an article in which Gatti was accused of inappropriate behavior,” the orchestra said in a statement. “These accusations and Gatti’s reactions with this respect have caused a lot of commotion among both musicians and staff, as well as stakeholders both at home and abroad.

“Besides this,” it continued, “since the publication of the article in The Washington Post, a number of female colleagues of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra reported experiences with Gatti, which are inappropriate considering his position as chief conductor. This has irreparably damaged the relationship of trust between the orchestra and its chief conductor.”

The Post story alleged that Gatti had attacked two women in his dressing room in 1996 and 2000: Soprano Alicia Berneche said she found “his hands on my rear end, and his tongue down my throat.”

Read the full article in the Washington Post.