„…with astonishing precision, highly expressives 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“ (RPonline.de)
After recent debuts with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille and Staatskapelle Weimar, highlights of Mihhail Gerts‘ past seasons have included performances of Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman at the Estonian National Opera and concerts with the National Philharmonic of Russia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Bremer Philharmoniker, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre Regional de Cannes, and the Göttinger Symphonieorchester, among others.
Gerts started the 2018/2019 season with concerts of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Estonia, followed by his debut with Oulu Sinfonia, conducting Hans Rott’s rarely-performed First Symphony. He also made a return to Nantes‘ 2019 Folle Journée to conduct a series of concerts alongside Sinfonia Varsovia, as well as making his debut with the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, and touring Germany and Switzerland with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Upcoming highlights for the rest of the season include a new production of the opera Dante by Benjamin Godard at Opera Saint-Etienne, performances across the Czech Republich with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, and continuing collaboration with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.Read more
Apart from the concert stage, Gerts also has a long 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. 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 the Dirigentenforum Programme of the German Music Council.
(As of March 1, 2019)
Conductor Mihhail Gerts will make his RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra debut on Friday, 22 March when he steps in to replace the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann. The concert, featuring Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1 & 2 and Carmen Suite...
Conductor Mihhail Gerts has stepped in at short notice to make his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra tomorrow night, November 3rd. The Estonian conductor, praised for his "astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth" (RPOnline) will...
IMG Artists is delighted to welcome conductor Mihhail Gerts to its roster for General Management. Maestro Gerts will be represented by Artist Manager Maarit Kangron from the company’s London Office. The “captivating” Estonian conductor Mihhail Gerts is acclaimed for...
“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 suppple 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“
“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.”
“Under the direction of Gerts, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra played sensitively, with agility and dedication.”
“The orchestra under Mihhail Gerts brought the highly emotional music of Donizetti brilliantly out of the pit and by doing so also inspired the acting of the singers.”
“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.”
“Conducting a highly motivated Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerts conveyed the multifacet [of the opera], which were missing from the staging. He allowed the orchestra to explode, but the sound stayed very transparent and subtle.”
“The applause for the conductor should have, by rights, been even stronger.”