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:

  • Bernhard Kerres, CEO
  • Robert Büchelhofer, Non Executive Director
  • Steve Evans, Non Executive Director
  • Harry Korine, Non Executive Director
  • Valerie Mars, Non Executive Director
  • Alon Shklarek, Non Executive Director

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

Photos of Bernhard Kerres are by U-Shin KimHEXA manages the technical planning and implementation. 

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NameHELLO STAGE Founded2013
Office LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageEnglish Additional languages German 
Hello Stage releases career handbook for classical musicians
2016-11-09 Classical Music Magazine, London
"Hello Stage's Bernhard Kerres and Bettina Mehne are releasing Be Your Own Agent: A Career Handbook for Classical Musicians. The book aims to be an in-depth starting point for any classical musician, helping readers understand the business side of the classical music industry."
(Katy Wright)
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Hello Stage, le LinkedIn des musiciens classiques
2015-10-03 Les Echo, Paris
"Cette plate-forme met en relation les musiciens classiques professionnels à travers le monde entier, leur permettant de partager leur travail et accroître leur renommée sur le net, monter des projets collectifs, ou encore d'entrer en contact avec un manager."
(Nathalie Doré)
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Musicians, Hello Stage offers a way to make that perfect pitch online
2015-07-17 Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Jose
"The Silicon Valley Business Journal features HELLO STAGE as their Pitch of the week: Hello Stage calls itself the "LinkedIn for the classical music world." It has created an online social network platform for the estimated 1 million professional classical musicians searching for their next engagement."
(Cromwell Schubarth)
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HELLO STAGE: the social media platform for musicians
2015-03-11 International Arts Manager Magazine, Manchester

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.'

(Mark Powell)
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15 European startups making (sound) waves in the music industry
2014-09-10 Tech.eu,
"HELLO STAGE was named as one of the 15 leading music startups in Europe besides SoundCloud and Spotify!"
(Charmaine Li)
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Die Senta von YouTube – transformation in der Klassik
2014-07-17 ambuzzador, Vienna
"Ein Orchester, Solisten, das Publikum, ein Konzertsaal: Am klassischen Musikbetrieb hat sich in den letzten zweihundert Jahren nichts geändert. Zeit für frischen Wind, findet Bernhard Kerres und startet das Onlineprojekt „Hello Stage"."
(Günter Stummvoll)
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