Born in Rome on October 6, 1958, he has played all over Europe and the world with a group as international artists, Trio di Roma (Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli) since his professional debut in 1975. perfect technical execution, the group is focused on the typical warmth of the Mediterranean culture; This undoubtedly makes Roberto Gatto one of the most interesting drummers and composers in Europe and worldwide.
He is certainly the most renowned Italian drummer abroad and has great partnerships with artists from the jazz industry and beyond. He has done various collaborations as a sideman including Adam Rogers, Rita Marcotulli, Niels Henning Pedersen, Mark Turner, Lew Tabackin, Chris Potter, Mike Moreno, and Dado Moroni.
He has recorded many albums including Notes, Fare, Moon, Jungle Three, Improvvisi, Sing Sing Sing, Roberto Gatto plays Rugantino, Deep, Traps, Cat-Stefano Bollani Gershwin and more, A Tribute to Miles Davis Quintet, Homage to Progressive, The Next Door Music, Roberto Gatto Lysergic Band, and Remebering Shelly.
Maurizio Giammarco on the soundtrack of “Nude di donna” directed by Nino Manfredi, and in collaboration with Battista Lena, the soundtracks of “Mignon is playing”, which has got five David di Donatello, “Verso Sera” and “Il grande cocomero”, all directed by Francesca Archibugi. In 1983, he was the first Italian drummer in the monthly magazine Fare Musica. In 1983 and 1987, with the Lingomania group, he won the Top Jazz referendum of the Jazz magazine in the best group category.
In 1988, 1989, and 1990 he was in the drummers’ category of “Your Favorite” by Guitar Club. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 he was voted the best drummer by the Jazz Top referendum of the Jazz Music magazine. In 1993, he made two educational videos “Percussion vol.1 and 2”. He was the artistic director of Jazz in progress at the Teatro dell’Angelo in Rome. For over twelve years, he has taught drums and ensemble music at the Siena Jazz seminars.