Hot on the heels of his triumphant jump-in debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Mihhail Gerts will make his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra debut this week in two concerts: Thursday, 4 April and Sunday, 7 April. Mihhail replaces conductor Elim Chan who has withdrawn due to illness.

Gerts will conduct two resplendent programmes both featuring Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. He will be joined by Liverpool’s Artist-in-Residence Mahan Esfahani for both concerts: on Thursday for composer Elena Kats-Chernin’s Silk Road-inspired showcase Ancient Letters: Concerto for Amplified Harpsichord and Orchestra on Thursday, and on Sunday for JC Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in E flat and Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre for Harpsichord and Orchestra on Sunday. Thursday’s concert will also see Gerts conduct Stravinsky’s rousing Pulcinella Suite.

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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