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, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with the acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. He is also the artistic director of the TubIN Festival, initiated to promote the outstanding symphonic music of the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin.
Gerts looks forward to returning to many of these orchestras in the 2022/23 season, and to making highly anticipated Australian debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in addition to European debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic, RTV Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Dresden. He will also return to the National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.Read more
Highlights from the last seasons include successful debuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre national de Belgique, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, and many others.
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 resident 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, 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; in 2011, he was awarded 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.
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...
This Sunday (21 August), violinist Christian Li and conductor Mihhail Gerts will make their Oslo Philharmonic debut at the orchestra's annual open air concert at the Palace Park. Christian Li will play Saint Saens' Introduction and Rondo capriccioso and Ole Bull's...
“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.”