Conductor Mihhail Gerts will make his BBC Symphony Orchestra debut on Tuesday, 12 November when he steps in to replace Alexander Vedernikov in a concert with best-selling author Neil Gaiman in London’s Barbican Centre. 

The Estonian conductor has made a name for himself following recent successful debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony, and Luxembourg Symphony Orchestras. Other recent highlights have included the Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Oulu Sinfonia, and a tour of Germany with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti.

Over the years, Gerts has earned critical acclaim for his stage presence and skill as a conductor. Jacques Schmitt of ResMusica writes “His [Gerts] ability to push his ensemble forward, towards a sound density, and a magmatic strength is extraordinary. Behind his expressive and graceful gestures, under his baton, he holds his ensemble with supple authority. To summarise, next to the classical music stars who jump from festival to concert until exhaustion, often leaving the audience hungry, Mihhail Gerts provides a happy relief. A name to remember, an artist to follow absolutely.”

More information about the concert is available here