Mihhail Gerts steps in to conduct Wagner and Bruckner

Friday 21 February at the National Concert Hall

Owing to unforeseen circumstances, Nathalie Stutzmann has withdrawn from conducting the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s programme of Wagner and Bruckner on Friday 21 February at the National Concert Hall.

She will be replaced by the Estonian conductor, Mihhail Gerts, conducting the RTÉ NSO for the third time this season. Recent work with the RTÉ NSO includes Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony in early February, and a performance last September including The Rite of Spring, and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Fiachra Garvey as soloist.

The programme will remain as advertised: the Prelude to Act 1 and the Good Friday music from Wagner’s Parsifal and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony.

Mihhail Gerts
Hailed by critics for his “astonishing precision, highly expressive gestures and warmth” and 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, BBC Symphony

Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with acclaimed baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. Other recent highlights have included debuts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Helsinki Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Bremer Philharmoniker and Beethoven Orchester Bonn.

Gerts has established regular collaborations with orchestras including the Sinfonia Varsovia, National Philharmonic of Russia and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recently conducted a tour of Germany with violinist Nicola Benedetti. Recent work with the RTÉ NSO includes Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony in early February, and a performance last September including The Rite of Spring, and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Fiachra Garvey as soloist. Forthcoming dates include performances with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras.

Highlights from the last seasons include a successful debut with the Ulster Orchestra, a return to Oulu Sinfonia, where he conducted Hans Rott’s rarely-performed First Symphony, and debut with Opera Saint-Etienne in Benjamin Godard’s Dante, as well as debuts with NHK Symphony Orchestra , Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lille. During Gerts’ spells at the Hagen Theater and Estonian National Opera, 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. 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.