Peter Hanke

Peter Hanke

An experienced performer in classical music, Peter Hanke is a conductor specialising in contemporary choral music and chamber opera. Based on a life-long experience as a performer in classical music, Peter is investigating similarities and connections between leadership, innovation and music making.

He has worked with Voces Copenhagen, Contemporary Opera Denmark and has been a choirmaster for the Danish Radio Choir. Following several years as a producer in The Danish Broadcasting Corporation and as Executive Director of the theatre company, Hotel Pro Forma and at the Art Museum Arken, Peter has established Exart Performances. Exart Performances aims to communicate the experience, knowledge and techniques of performing arts in a leadership context.

Peter has attended numerous conferences and business development workshops all over Europe and has taught (Performing Leadership) on the OSLP at the Said Business School since 2003. He was appointed Artistic Director for the Centre for Art & Leadership at Copenhagen Business School from 2003 – 2006.

He is also a member of the European Cultural Parliament and was awarded the Einar Hansens Research Award in 2005. His first book ‘Performance & Lederskab’ (Danish) was published in 2008.

Peter on himself, his interests and agendas
“Based on a life-long experience as a performer in classical music I am investigating similarities and connections between leadership, innovation and music making.

In various settings as a speaker and workshop organiser within Exart Performances I work with leadership in executive education programs all over Europe and also in the US.

As a musician I particularly value the creation of new forms of including listeners in the performance based tradition of scored music. When I get invitations to conduct ensembles I always seek to follow up by opening up the potential and aspirations surrounding the music making.”

Education:

Graduated in choral and orchestral conducting from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen 1988. Conducting masterclasses in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Italy. Parallel studies in musicology and computer science at the Copenhagen University 1981-89. Trained as a producer in the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Important positions:

  • Owner of Exart Performances founded 2002 – www.exart.org
  • Conductor and artistic Director of Voces Academy – www.voces.dk
  • Freelance conductor with European choirs and orchestras (DK, UK, SF, PL, SLO, D, NL)
  • Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Oxford University since 2008
  • External Associate Professor at Copenhagen University since 2009
  • Artistic Director at Centre for Art and Leadership, Copenhagen Business School 2003-6
  • Executive Producer at the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra 2000-2001
  • Director at the performance theatre Hotel Pro Forma 1997-2000

Received the 2005 award at Einar Hansen’s Research Foundation

Important writings.

Hanke, Peter: Performance & Lederskab. Passionen som drivkraft. Børsens Forlag 2008. 199 p.
Extracts in English: Performance and Leadership. 2012. Oxford

Hanke, Peter: Kulturens Skjulte Styrker. Institutioner, reservater og inspiration. Gyldendal Public 2010. 187 p.

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