At just 16 years of age Danilo Stagni was selected by Claudio Abbado to become first horn player in the orchestra of Teatro la Scala, a position he continues to hold.
From 1979-1980, again under Abbado’s direction, Stagni gained the position of first horn in the European Community Youth Orchestra.
During this time he won various international awards such as:
- the G. B. Viotti (1978)
- the F. G. Verganti in Stresa
- the International Competition for Wind Instruments in Ancona (1979)
Since 1981 he has taken on both lyrical and symphonic repertoire under prestigious conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Georg Solti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Carlo Maria Giulini and Valery Gergiev.
During the 1997 Teatro La Scala production of the Wagner Ring cycle directed by Riccardo Muti, Stagni performed the celebrated onstage horn solo in Siegfried.
Among the most significant recordings he made under Riccardo Muti´s direction are:
- W. A. Mozart: Symphony for four wind soloists K297
- Stravinsky: Baiser de la Fée (complete version)
- Brahms: Serenade no. 1 for Sony classical
In the course of the 2002 concert season of the Filarmonica Della Scala, Stagni performed the Britten Serenade for Horn, Tenor and Strings under the direction of Sir Jeffrey Tate which was filmed and recorded by Mediaset.
With Riccardo Muti conducting La Filarmonica della Scala, he performed the horn obbligato of the Bach B minor Mass.
On various occasions Stagni has performed the Mozart horn concertos at Teatro La Scala with the Orchestra dell´Accademia, some of whose members he has taught since 2000.
He has recorded the Haydn horn concertos with the Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra.
He has held masterclasses both in Italy and Japan (Ashikaga University and the Sapporo Summe Festival).
Since 2008 he has been working as guest solo horn with Berlin Staatskapelle under D. Baremboin’s direction.