Speed Dating with HELLO STAGE

As many of you know, we regularly post a "Speed Dating with Bettina" notice across our social media channels, if you were ever curious as to what awaits you on such a date, look no further - Bettina tells all:)

When we first started talking about HELLO STAGE someone said:
"ah, like a match.com for musicians!"
Well, not quite, but of course there is that purpose of meeting new people on- and offline via HELLO STAGE...
However, when we do speed dating, you only get to meet...ME! (already a veteran in the music buisness - have a look at my bio. at the end of this blog.)

Whenever I am spending more time somewhere on my travels, we get the word out that I am available to meet up with any of you for a 30 minute time slot. It doesn't matter if you already have a profile on HELLO STAGE or if you have indeed not even registered - it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about what you can do with your profile and to get an insight on the features as well as to learn about plans which are still in the pipeline - remember we only have been online for a year and are still full of ideas for more to come!

But to be honest, what I enjoy most is learning about YOU and your projects, talking about your career and helping to answer any questions that you might have on these occasions, and who knows, I might even know the "perfect match" for you afterwards :)

There is already a long list of musicians who I have already met through speed dating, for example Marianne Dumas, right after she moved to Berlin and started her adventurous journey with the baroque cello and Bach. It's great to hear all about her thoughts and to be treated to a little sample of her (recorded) playing. Our conversation led to the idea of her starting a photo diary on her page as well as her becoming a HELLO STAGE blogger (looking forward to the first post, stay tuned!) now that our blog is up and running.

Other Berlin encouters include Cecilia Pillado who is in the process of setting up her own label. Her love for Tango and Latin American composers reminded me about the cellist Tilly Cernitori, who also has a shares this interest, and as far as I know, they enjoyed a nice email conversation afterwards.

In London I had a ball gossiping with Dorian Griner and I am very keen to see the new videos that he is about to film soon. No doubt he will be sharing them with all of us on his page! Having studied musicology myself, one of the things I enjoy most is re-discovering forgotten composers and I am grateful to Alexander Karpeyev for introducing me to the works of Nikolai Medtner.

Only last week in New York I met conductor and composer Fouad Fakhouri just before he went off to Beirut to conduct the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, he is still busy there, so we have to wait a little longer for him to start working on his HELLO STAGE page.
It was also great to be updated on the busy schedule of violinist and prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, Eric Silberger, who's page is still under construction, but I am desperately waiting to see his upcoming dates as I would love to go and hear the premiere of the Violin Concerto he wrote for himself, but I fear it is too far away…well, then I will just have to sneak into his rehearsals in Berlin with the Konzerthausorchester before they head off to Spain together I guess...

As I am curious to meet more members of the HELLO STAGE family, come and see me in London on Friday, February 13th between 10.00-14.00h near the Royal Festival Hall.
Please drop me an email on: bettina@hellostage.com, so we can set your time slot - as an alternative, watch out for dates in March in Berlin!

Very much looking forward to meeting you in person very soon!

P.S. In case you are passing through Vienna, you can drop us a line anytime - this is how we met a few of you as well! Or grab me if we happen to be at the same concert or conference, like Ivan Enrique Rodriguez did. It was such a pleasure to learn that he had been in touch with the La Paz Philharmonic via our messages...I wonder what ideas they are cooking up together...

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne
Comments [3]
Marianne Dumas - 2015-01-28 16:48
Dear Bettina, I will never forget our "speed dating" in Berlin. I was at the very begining of my Bach journey.
HELLO STAGE has been part of it since that. Always a great support and a source of inspiration. Thank you :-)
(I'm excited about joining the HELLO STAGE bloggers team!)
Bettina Mehne - 2015-01-30 10:25
Likewise, dear Marianne!! so looking forward to you blog!
Cecilia Pillado - 2015-02-20 17:02
Bettina: It's been very nice to meet you in Berlin. Thank you very much for your time and amazing information about HELLO STAGE, whih is a great place for musicians. And thank you for mentioning my label work on this article. All the best!
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