HELLO STAGE is an independent online platform for the classical music community. It was founded by Bernhard Kerres, former Artistic Director and CEO of the Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria. HELLO STAGE is an innovative new online platform linking musicians, ensembles, managers, and promoters in the classical music world together.
Bernhard Kerres started his career as an opera singer, before graduating with an MBA from London Business School. After five years in strategy consulting for Booz & Co. in the high technology, internet and telecom sectors, he subsequently became CEO, CFO, and COO of various technology companies in Europe. From 2007 to 2013, he was the CEO and Artistic Director of the Wiener Konzerthaus, one of the most active concert houses in the world, with over 800 events and over half a million visitors per season.
HELLO STAGE is a limited company registered in Vienna, Austria. It is a member of ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts and of IAMA, International Artist Managers' Association.
Members of the Board of HELLO STAGE are:
The HELLO STAGE Team includes:
Murli Bhamidipati, CFO & COO
Bettina Mehne, Head of Artists Relation and Sales
Clio Montrey, Social Media Manager
Raphael Shklarek, Members' Experience
Kerres tells us he recently came across promising statistics for other independent start-ups: 'Airbnb had around 10,000 members in its first year, Twitter had only a couple of thousand,' he says. 'We now have over 6,500. Considering Twitter had a potentially infinite market, and so far we're only addressing classical musicians, I think we're doing pretty well.'"