Mihhail Gerts graduated from the Estonian Music and Theatre Academy, where he studied the piano with Prof. Ivari Ilja and conducting with Prof. Paul Mägi. He received further tuition at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (Prof. Christian Ehwald, Prof. Hans-Dieter Baum). In 2011 he received his Doctor’s Degree. Mihhail Gerts has conducted at the Estonian National Opera over 30 different works: Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”, “La Cenerentola” by Rossini, Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera”, “The Love for Three Oranges” by Prokofiev, Bizet’s “Carmen”, Puccini’s “La bohѐme” and “Tosca”; ballets: Minkus’ “Don Quixote” and “La Bayadère”, Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake”, Delibes’s “Coppélia”, Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”, etc.
He has conducted the performances at Teatro La Fenice, Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg, Musikalische Komödie Theater in Leipzig, The Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus among others. He has also conducted Konzerthausorchester Berlin, WDR Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, etc. In 2004, he won the 2nd prize at the national competition of young conductors and the special prize of the Estonian Male Choir that was followed by an invitation to become an assistant to the Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Male Choir (2005–2007). In 2006 he won the debut prize of the Estonian National Culture Foundation for conducting Astor Piazzolla’s tango-opera “Maria de Buenos Aires” at the Birgitta Festival. In 2009 he won the Estonian National Opera prize “Best Colleague” and in 2014 he was awarded the young conductor’s operetta prize “Deutschen Operettenpreis für Junge Dirigenten”.