Conductor Mihhail Gerts
Appointed as Kappelmeister and Deputy General Music Director at the Hagen Theater at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Mihhail Gerts is one of the most profiled Estonian conductors of the younger generation. Following his studies in the EstonianAcademy of Music and Theatre and the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, Berlin where he studied under Christian Ehwald and Professor Hans-Dieter Baum.
Between 2007 and 2014, as staff conductor of the EstonianNational Opera, Mihhail Gerts conducted more than 30 different productions, including Cosi fan tutte, La Cenerentola, William Tell, Norma, Un Ballo in Maschera, Traviata, Rigoletto, Carmen, Tosca, La Bohème and the ballets Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Julia, Cinderella, Giselle, Manon, Coppelia, Don Quijote, La Bayadere etc as well as numerous operettas. He also led the ensemble on concert tours to Vilnius and Riga.
Mihhail Gerts’ repertoire comprises the most important ballets, symphonic and lyric works. As a guest conductor he has appeared with orchestras such as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the MDR-Sinfonieorchester, the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and at the Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Teatro delle Muse (Ancona), Mikhailovsky Theater (St. Petersburg), Northern Ballet (Leeds) and National Opera of Belarus (Minsk)..
He has collaborated on productions with Paavo Järvi and the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Sibelius Kullervo), John Storgårds and the Tampere Philharmonic (Sibelius Kullervo), Andrew Litton and Bergen Philharmonic at the International Bergen Festival (Schönberg Gurrelieder) and Steven Sloane and the Bochumer Symphoniker (Shostakovich 13th Symphony). From 2005 to 2007 he was the conductor of the double Grammy Award winning Estonian National Male Choir.
Mihhail Gerts enjoys a strong relationship with the Würtemberg Chamber Orchestra (Heilbronn), and highlights of 2015 included several concerts with this orchestra, a production of Eugene Onegin at the Kiel Opera House and concerts in Moscow with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in Tallinn and his debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in an all-Sibelius programme.
Two other important debuts in Spring 2015 were the series of concerts he gave with the Orchestre nationale de Lille, resulting in a re-invitation to conduct again in February 2016 and his concert the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra after which Maestro Spivakov immediatlely invited Mihhail to conduct the orchestra with himself as soloist at the Colmar Festival in 2016.
2015/16 also sees re-invitations to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra and with the HagenPhilharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, Mihhail Gerts was one of the three finalists of the Donatella Flick Competition, London and was awarded the finalist diploma at the 3rd Evgeny Svetlanov Conducting Competition, Paris. In the same year, he won the German Operetta Award for Young Conductors. In 2013 he was accepted into the Dirigentenforum programme run by the German Music Council and from 2016 will be one of the council’s ‘Maestros von Morgen.’
He speaks English, German, Italian, French, Russian and Estonian.