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Christian Gansch is a four time Grammy-winning conductor and producer. He has used his perspective of having worked as a musician and manager to develop a unique business coaching concept, which teases out the similarities between orchestras and company structures.
Christian led the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra from 1981 to 1990 before moving into production, developing over 190 records with classical music stars such as Pierre Boulez, Claudio Abbado and Anna Netrebko.
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.
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."
In 2006 he published From Solo To Symphony: what organisations can learn from orchestras.
Christian has built an international reputation as a business consultant, using his unique perspective to help organisations improve their communication and teamwork.
Drawing powerful parallels between orchestras and corporate organisations, he demonstrates what companies can learn from the complex structures in orchestras, which outwardly look like a perfect unit to the audience. Orchestras - with their high potential for human conflict, leadership issues and complex integrated communications - are a perfect example of how to bring a huge variety of specialists and instruments together to form one integrated harmonious unit.
Below are some examples of how Christian teases out these themes:
The orchestral inter-divisional and cross-functional motto: listen to each other - act together - learn from each other - support each other
From Solo to Symphony: how 100 individualists (high profile specialists) create unity
The triad of orchestral/corporate excellence: awareness, decision, action
Teamwork is not about equality but the inter-play of competences
- self-motivation requires information: conductors/leaders have to inform, convince and inspire the musicians of an orchestra
A great performance needs real-time communication
Routine is a standstill, change is our destiny
Values need practical relevance and not verbal acrobatics