Born in Milan, Michele Gamba sudied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and graduated in Philosophy at the State University. At the same time, he attended chamber music and piano masterclasses with Maria Tipo at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. He studied Lieder Repertoire and Conducting at the Musikhochschule in Vienna, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena and the Royal Academy in London.
Equally at home in the symphonic and operatic fields, he has conducted internationally with orchestras such as the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Divertimento Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Italy, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He recently conducted the opening concert of the contemporary music festival Milano Musica featuring the music of Mahler and Francesconi.
Michele Gamba was invited by Sir Antonio Pappano to assist him at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London where he was Jette Parker Associate Conductor. Here he conducted Bastien und Bastienne, Berio's Folk Songs, excerpts from Eugene Onegin, Così fan tutte and Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
In 2015 he accepted the invitation of Daniel Barenboim to act as his Assistant and Kapellmeister at the Berlin State Opera, where he worked on productions including Juliette by Martinu and Wagner's Ring. In the same year, also at the State Opera, he conducted Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro in a new production by Jürgen Flimm, gaining unanimous praise from the public and critics alike.
In March 2016 Michele Gamba stepped in, at less than one hour's notice, to conduct Verdi's I due Foscari at La Scala Milan and gained a huge personal success. In November of that year he conducted Le nozze di Fiagro in the same theatre and was invited back for L'elisir d'amore and La Traviata in 2019 and 2020. Following his debut at La Scala he has conducted productions for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and La Fenice in Venice.
Internationally, recent engagements have taken him to the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv for Idomeneo, Rome Opera for Rigoletto, Hamburg State Opera for Le nozze di Figaro, Stuttgart State Opera for La bohème, the Capitole de Toulouse for Macbeth and Lisbon São Carlos for La Traviata. Next season he will conduct Die Zauberflöte at the Semperoper Dresden, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Savonlinna Festival and will return to La Scala for a world première by Fabio Vacchi.
In the role of pianist, Michele Gamba has performed as soloist and chamber music partner at London's Wigmore, Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls, the Gasteig Munich and at La Scala and Società del Quartetto in Milan.