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 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.
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.
“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.”
Jacques Schmitt – ResMusica
„…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 has “materialized” the most complimentary words written about him. Talented and able to carry off such an orchestra at a moment’s notice? Charismatic to the point of building a beautiful friendship with the soloist on stage? Exactly.”
“From the very first bars, the blistering attack of the double basses expresses the total adhesion of the orchestra’s musicians to Mihhail Gerts’ ample, supple, graceful and precise gestures. “