After finishing her flute studies in 1982, Ati Gottschal was member of a woodwind quintet and played in various ad hoc ensembles. She taught the flute at the Liemerse Muziekschool in Zevenaar from 1981 and became vice president of the institute. In 1995 she made a switch in her career, started to play the bassoon and applied for a job at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Since then, she held several jobs at the organization. In 2013 she became Head of the Classical Department.