Hailed by critics for his „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 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights have included the Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Oulu Sinfonia, and European tours with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.
The 2019/20 season sees Gerts return to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Sinfonia, Bremer Philharmoniker, and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, where Gerts conducts the annual New Years Day concert, as well as a tour of Germany with Nicola Benedetti. Other guest conducting include Gerts‘ debut performance with the Ulster Orchestra, which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, as well as performances with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, Kuopio Symphony, and Vaasa City Orchestra.
Highlights from the 2018/19 season included Gerts‘ return to Nantes‘ 2019 Folle Journée to conduct a series of concerts alongside Sinfonia Varsovia, as well as making his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and Oulu Sinfonia, where he conducted Hans Rott’s rarely-performed First Symphony. He also conducted performances across the Czech Republich with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava, and appeared regularly with the Estonian National Symphony 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 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. In the 2018/19 season Gerts also made his debut at the Opera Saint-Etienne in Benjamin Godard’s Faust. 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 won the 3rd Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition conducting l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as being a finalist in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Competition.
(As of July 15, 2019)
Hot on the heels of his triumphant jump-in debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Mihhail Gerts will make his Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra debut this week in two concerts: Thursday, 4 April and Sunday, 7 April. Mihhail replaces conductor Elim Chan...
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...
“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“
“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.”