Grammy winner Christian Gansch, highly regarded internationally as a conductor, producer and consultant, was born in Austria. He is a keynote speaker of the highest calibre and his book "From Solo to Symphony - What businesses can learn from orchestras" has been a great success in in German-speaking countries.

From 1981 to 1990 Christian was leader of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He then moved into the music industry and produced over 190 CDs worldwide with artists such as Claudio Abbado, Lang Lang, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa and Anna Netrebko and orchestras such as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, to name but a few.
Winner of three Grammys, amongst many other international awards, Christian lectures in German and English. He was the recipient of the Record Academy Award Tokyo, for conductor in the category "Best Concerto Disc" for Beethoven's five piano concertos, and as a producer for Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Berlin Staatskapelle under the baton of Pierre Boulez.

With Sharon Stone as narrator, he produced the English version of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" in San Francisco, and with Samuel L. Jackson he recorded the lyrics of Aaron Copland's orchestral work "Lincoln Portrait" in New York.
The renowned film music composer John Williams conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a CD production by Christian Gansch with his works for violin and orchestra, including excerpts from his soundtrack to "Schindler's List".

During his time as a conductor Christian worked with the English BBC Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Russian National Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo. He conducted Beethoven's 9 symphonies with the Orchestra Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 2004 and gave his Proms debut at London's Royal Albert Hall. As an opera conductor, he celebrated success in England with Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."

Orchestras with their high potential for leadership issues, cross-departmental cooperation and complex communication processes are a perfect example of how to bring a huge variety of specialists and instruments together to form one integrated harmonious unit.

Examples for presentation topics:

  • From solo to symphony - the orchestral interplay of competencies
  • Yesterday is memory and change is our destiny
  • The orchestral motto: listen to each other, act together
  • Creativity - from vision to realisation
  • The triad of leadership skills: Perceive - Decide – Act

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Christian Gansch uses the strategies of symphonic processes, which are significantly more complex and defined than is usually presented to the public. Both in orchestras and in companies, success is only possible when one decisive question is answered: that is to say, how corporate identity and unity can be developed on the basis of individual abilities and diversity. The main focus of his work consists in anchoring the symphonic motto of “listening to each other – acting together – learning from each other” in the awareness of companies. This does not rest on an ideologically strained idea of the team, but rather has as its centre the individual person. The development of interactive, cross-departmental communications processes creates new operational impulses in a company. His workshops – this is a crucial point – do not have an educational feel. Managers are looking for motivation and inspiration. It is only when you give the themes being explored an emotional significance that they become firmly anchored in people's awareness. This is the only way for knowledge to lead to desire.

A functioning orchestra is a prime example of efficient management, leadership and conflict-solving strategies. No other group has such highly qualified individuals working together on a daily basis for hours on end and in such close quarters. How does this lively interplay of forces work? How many soloists can one team handle? What are each person's freedoms and areas of responsibility? What decisions are brought about and how does communication take place? What voice takes priority when? How are management and team ideas and visions developed, and how are they implemented in practice?