Daniele Gatti, the chief conductor of Amsterdam’s prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, has been fired over sexual harassment allegations.
The Royal Concertgebouw, which is taken into account one in every of Europe’s main orchestras, mentioned it had “terminated the co-operation” with the conductor.
The Italian conductor described the allegations as a “smear marketing campaign”.
Gatti’s lawyer Alberto Borbon mentioned he “is extraordinarily stunned and firmly denies” all of the allegations.
In an article within the Washington Put up on 26 July, two girls accused Gatti of what the orchestra described as “inappropriate behaviour”.
‘Irreparably broken’ belief
A press release from the orchestra mentioned: “For the reason that publication of the article within the Washington Put up, quite a few feminine colleagues of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra reported experiences with Gatti, that are inappropriate contemplating his place as chief conductor.
“This has irreparably broken the connection of belief between the orchestra and the chief conductor.”
Milan-born Gatti, 56, initially issued an apology to the Washington Put up.
“To all the ladies I’ve met in my complete life, particularly those that consider I didn’t deal with them with the utmost respect and dignity they definitely deserve, I sincerely apologise from the underside of my coronary heart,” he mentioned.
His lawyer then issued an additional assertion saying the conductor vigorously rejected the claims.
“He requested me to tell all media that he’s extraordinarily stunned and that he firmly denies all kinds of allegations,” Alberto Borbon mentioned, in line with Reuters.
Gatti joined the orchestra in 2016 and might be changed by different conductors for all forthcoming concert events, the orchestra mentioned.
He beforehand held an eight-year tenure as chief conductor of the Orchestre Nationwide de France and was additionally music director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
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