„…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 orchestras such as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Staatskapelle Weimar, Mihhail Gerts begins the new 2017/18 season with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, followed by performances of Wagner’s opera The Flying Dutchman at the Estonian National Opera and concerts with the National Philharmonic of Russia. Other projects in the new season include debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Bremer Philharmoniker, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Orchestre Regional de Cannes, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Herford, Philharmonie Südwestfalen and the Göttinger Symphonieorchester among many others. He continues to collaborate regularly with orchestras including Orchestre National de Lille, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic of Russia.
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 October 3, 2017)
“His energy and clarity impressed, contact with the orchestra was also noticeably good.”
„…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“
“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.”