Conductor Mihhail Gerts will make his RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra debut on Friday, 22 March when he steps in to replace the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. The concert, featuring Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2 and Carmen Suite No. 1 and Ravel’s Boléro, will take place at Dublin’s National Concert Hall at 19:30.

The Estonian conductor has received praise for his, “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth” (RP), as well as his “magmatic strength…[and] supple authority” (Res Musica). Gerts studied conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. In 2011 he received his PhD. From 2013 to 2017 he was a Stipendiate of the the Dirigentenforum Programme of the German Music Council. His 2018/19 highlights include his continuing collaboration with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; his debut with Oulu Sinfonia and Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra; a return to Nantes’ 2019 Folle Journée; tours of Germany and Switzerland with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia; a new production of the opera Dante by Benjamin Godard at Opera Saint-Etienne; and concerts across the Czech Republic with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava.

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