Apr. 22

Performing leadership: what business leaders can learn from conductors?

Don’t we all dream of standing in front of a great team to be blown away by a great performance? That’s how we often see orchestra conductors. They manage over 100 people with ease and grandeur. No one seems to stop them, to suggest alternative solutions or even other works. A great opera performance seems to flow easily. So, what can managers learn from conductors?

BMI Institute invites you to the motivational webinar with a former opera singer, a C-level executive of a multi-million Euro tech companies Bernhard Kerres titled “Performing leadership: what business leaders can learn from conductors?

The online event will take place via ZOOM on 22 April, Thursday at 12h30 CET (Brussels time), 13h30 EET (Vilnius time). We invite you to register HERE.

Bernhard Kerres will share his experience about leadership, the wisdom of maestri, and its applicability to business. At the event he will address:

  • tips to building up trust for outstanding performance;
  • the PR2 framework of adaptive leadership derived from conductors;
  • the changing role of conductors and leaders over time.

The webinar takes approximately 1 - 1.15h.


Bernhard Kerres is a sought-after executive coach and keynote speaker based in Vienna, Austria. He was 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. Kapsch CarrierCom, the Austrian telecom system integrator, hired him as CFO before he became 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 led into its 100th season. He left the Vienna Concert House to create the classical music startup HELLO STAGE

He is an Executive Coach and the Managing Partner of Haydn 1791, a firm consulting and managing performing arts. He works with a strong network of experienced consultants in the corporate world on innovation and strategy in the digital age. Bernhard is also a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coaching Federation and a Member of the  International Council of Psychotherapists.

As a keynote speaker, he focuses on innovation and leadership. His keynotes often draw on examples from the music world. He regularly teaches leadership for executive programs at London Business School and published several articles on the subject of music and management. He is the Program Director for 4 Fellowships 4 Entrepreneurs of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, a year-long program supporting scientists in developing their ideas into startups. His book, “Be Your Own Manager,” contains essential career advice for classical musicians. He is a guest lecturer at the Music University in Karlsruhe teaching career management.

Bernhard was awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins by the President of the Republic of Chile and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art by the President of Austria.

For more information about the event, please contact 

Elze Pociute (BMI Brussels): +32 474 264551; or 

Dagne Armonaite (BMI Vilnius):, +37065025096

We look forward to seeing you!

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