Mihhail Gerts will jump in to conduct Orchestra of Castilla y León (OSCyL) on Friday, 26 February. He replaces Andrew Gourlay, who has withdrawn due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Gerts will conduct Mahler’s Symphony NO. 5, the scheduled subscription programme. The concert will be streamed from 19:30 CET on OSCyL’s YouTube channel.
Hailed by critics for his “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth” (RP) as “a name to remember” (ResMusica), the Estonian conductor has made a name for himself following recent successful debuts with the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. Other recent highlights have included debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bremer Philharmoniker and Beethoven Orchester Bonn.
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 Dirigentenforum Programme of the German Music Council, and in 2014 was a finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Competition and Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition.