Concertgebouw Orchestra dismisses Daniele Gatti in wake of sexual harassment accusations

Posted on: August 2, 2018

“The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam … announced Thursday that it is terminating its relationship with its chief conductor, Daniele Gatti,” report Anne Midgette and Peggy McGlone in Thursday’s (8/2) Washington Post. “ ‘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, since the publication of the article … 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.’ … After the story was published, Gatti hired a new U.S. public relations firm called Reputation Doctor … through whom he issued an apology…. ‘All concerts planned with Daniele Gatti will proceed with other conductors,’ the Concertgebouw wrote. This includes a performance Feb. 13 at the Kennedy Center on the orchestra’s U.S. tour.”

Posted August 2, 2018

In photo: Daniele Gatti in performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra