Bernhard Kerres

A knack for innovation.
A passion for classical music.

Bernhard Kerres was probably the first opera singer to become a C-level executive of multi-million Euro tech companies. And he was the only artistic director of a world leading concert house to bring his startup to Silicon Valley.

Bernhard started his career as an opera singer and had the opportunity to perform with stars such as Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras. After his MBA at London Business School he went into strategy consulting for high tech and telecom companies with Booz & Co. He became CFO of Kapsch CarrierCom, the Austrian telecom system integrator before he was appointed CEO of the stock-market listed M-Tech AG in Germany. In 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Vienna Concert House which he lead into its 100th season. He left the Vienna Concert House to create the classical music startup HELLO STAGE. 

Bernhard is a sought-after speaker on innovation and leadership. He advises companies on innovation and builds up new businesses with them.He regularly teaches leadership for executive programs at London Business School. Furthermore he enjoy working with arts institution on new ideas and on creating an excitement for the arts.

Next Speaking Engagements:


March 19, 2019, Paris
Performing Leadership*
London Business School
Workshop on leadership for senior executives based on what managers can learn from conductors together with the wonderful Alauda Quartet.

March 26, 2019, Vienna
Performing Leadership*
Private Client
Workshop on leadership for senior executives based on what managers can learn from conductors.

Apr. 9 to 11, 2019, Karlsruhe
Be Your Own Manager*
University of Music
Workshops on career management and entrepreneurship for classical musicians. 

The Career Podcast for Classical Musicians
The Performig Arts Podcast
The Career Handbook for Classical Musicians