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 connecting musicians, ensembles, managers, promoters, and their fans in the classical music world.

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.


Bettina Mehne is the key account manager at HELLO STAGE. She manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their managements as well as key promoters. Bettina descends from a Violin Maker’s family in Berlin. She studied musicology and history of Art in Vienna and her hometown alongside working in the offices of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Berliner Festwochen. After graduating, she joined the touring department of Harrison Parrott in London. She returned to Germany, to be the Orchestra Manager at the Staatstheater Mainz. In 1999 she opened the German office of Van Walsum Management within the Konzertdirektion Schmid before joining Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2001 as their Artistic Manager.
Having headed the artistic planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons, Bettina left at the end of the 12/13 season together with the then Intendant Bernhard Kerres to join him in the new venture HELLO STAGE.
Bettina can be reached at bettina(at)hellostage.com

Günter Lepuschitz is the brain and the hands behind the HELLO STAGE technology. He not only designed the technical side of HELLO STAGE but also does most of the coding. Günter has a long and successful career in IT. He headed the IT departments of large corporates e.g. Admiral Sportwetten AG, programmed and designed the technology for various start-ups and worked as a consultant. Günter likes music and is learning every day with great enthusiasm about classical music. He constantly thinks how we can help to make musicians and others in the classical music community more successful.
Günter can be reached at guenter(at)hellostage.com

Nina K Lucas is the community manager of HELLO STAGE. She studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, grew up in London and is originally from Belgrade, so she is fluent in a couple of languages. As well as being a classically trained pianist, she has a background working in digital marketing, the music industry and multimedia. When she is not working for HELLO STAGE she is composing and producing music for her own upcoming electronic piano performances, working on her career as a musician and practicing yoga - Nina is a certified yoga and meditation teacher.
Nina can be reached at nina(at)hellostage.com

Anna Heflin is the student representative for HELLO STAGE. She is a violist and composer who is passionate about helping musicians create successful careers and sees social media as an incredibly helpful tool. She holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance and a minor in art history from UC Santa Barbara, where she studied with Helen Callus. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Music in viola performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Jodi Levitz and works as the Public Media Assistant.
Anna can be reached at anna(at)hellostage.com


Tom Broderick
Steve Evans
Bernhard Kerres, CEO
Alon Shklarek

Zarin Mehta, Advisory Board Member


HELLO STAGE is grateful to have an amazing group of musicians as their Founding Members. They provide insights and guidance to the daily work of the team.

HELLO STAGE is operated by HS US, LLC, a company registered in Delaware, USA. HELLO STAGE and the HELLO STAGE Logo are registered trademarks owned by HS US, LLC.

Photos of Bernhard Kerres are by U-Shin Kim. Our legal advisers in Austria are KERRES | PARTNERS.


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Member of the Association of British Orchestras
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