Hailed by critics for his “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth” as “a name to remember”, the Estonian conductor Mihhail Gerts 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 has established a regular collaboration with orchestras such as RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, National Philharmonic of Russia and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recently conducted a tour of Germany with violinst Nicola Benedetti. Forthcoming dates include performances with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras.Read more
Highlights from the last seasons include a successful debut with the Ulster Orchestra, return to Oulu Sinfonia, where he conducted Hans Rott’s rarely-performed First Symphony, and debut with Opera Saint-Etienne in Benjamin Godard’s Dante, as well as debuts with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lille.
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 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.
Mihhail Gerts returns to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra on Friday, 21 February, to conduct Wagner’s Prelude and Good Friday Music from Parsifal and Bruckner’s great Symphony No. 7. He is stepping in for Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann who has...
Mihhail Gerts Steps in at Last Minute to Conduct Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Mihhail Gerts steps in at last minute for Gustavo Dudamel to conduct Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on their Italian tour. He will conduct works by Brahms, Rossini and Schubert in Turin, Brescia, Udine, Rimini and Genova from 10 – 16...
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...
“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.”