Hailed by critics as ‘a name to remember’ thanks to his ‘astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth’, the prominent Estonian conductor Mihhail Gerts has made a name for himself following recent successful debuts with the Orchestre Nazionale delĺ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with the acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. Since 2021, Mihhail the Artistic Director of the TubIN Festival in Estonia, initiated to promote the outstanding symphonic music of the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin.
In 2023/24 season, Gerts looks forward to returning to the Odense Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in Dublin, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in addition to debus with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Belgrade Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic, and the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.
Further highlights of Mihhail’s guest conducting appearances include the Staatskapelle Dresden, Helsinki Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestre national de Belgique, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
In addition to his symphonic concert career, Gerts has also gained extensive operatic experience as First Kapellmeister and deputy GMD of the Hagen Theater (2015 to 2017) and permanent conductor of the Estonian National Opera (2007 to 2014). During these years, he conducted over forty different productions of opera and ballet, most recently a new production of ‘The Flying Dutchman’. As a guest conductor in opera, he has appeared at the Teatro la Fenice, Teatro delle Muse, Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg, Belarus National Opera, and many others.
Gerts studied conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin where in 2011 he was awarded 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.
This week, Mihhail Gerts makes his Australian debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducting four concerts at the Sydney Opera House from 08-11 March. The programme opens with the world premiere of a new work by Australian composer Miriama Young, followed by...
Mihhail Gerts will make his much anticipated debut conducting Staatskapelle Dresden on 22 December, 2022 at the Semperoper. The programme features Debussy’s Petite Suite (arranged by Henri Büser); Gianstera’s Harp Concerto, with soloist Johanna Schellenberger; and...
Mihhail Gerts will make his debut conducting the Gewnadhausorchester Leipzig on 29 and 30 September. The Estonian conductor, hailed as “a name to remember” (ResMusica) for his “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth” (RPonline), jumps in last...
“Immediately Mihhail Gerts delves into the music. His 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.”
„…with astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth, his conducting was captivating from the first to the last note. Gerts rose completely above the technical challenges of conducting which he solved without easing up on the tension for one second“
“Gerts […] held the reins of the orchestra very well, revealing himself an attentive connoisseur of the pieces performed, clean in gesture, incisive as an interpreter.
Fabio Larvoere, Corriere della Sera Dec 12th 2019
From the first bars, the biting attack of the double bass conveys the total adherence of the musicians of the orchestra to the ample, flexible, graceful and precise gestures of Mihhail Gerts who gives us an interpretation of rare eloquence
A total symbiosis for a great moment of music delivered by Mihhail Gerts, ovationated by the public and the musicians, a masterly ratification! A young conductor to follow…
Patrice Imbaud, ResMusica November 19th 2019
“Mihhail Gerts and the orchestra were truly magical … I was in awe watching Mihhail Gerts’ conducting.”
Ben Lunn, DELFI Kultüra Nov 27th 2018
“His energy and clarity impressed, contact with the orchestra was also noticeably good.”
Klaus Günther, Solinger Tageblatt
“In terms of belcanto, Gerts led the Philharmonic in the pit with precision and delicacy.”
“The applause applied essentially to the conductor Mihhail Gerts, who conveyed the music of Donizetti sensitively, without neglecting the drama.”
“Gerts knows how to conduct a big opera, has a flair for tempi and worked with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra in a very precise way.”
“The applause for the conductor should have, by rights, been even stronger.”