Benjamin Zander

zanderben.jpgBenjamin Zander’s
presentation takes an audience on a journey
that offers a startling new perspective
on leadership. Through stories, music and
concepts it causes a radical shift in perception. In this new model of leadership, the conductor
sees his job as awakening possibility in others.
The orchestra is a group of highly trained
individuals poised to coalesce into an effective
whole. Passion, creativity and the desire to
contribute are basic human instincts to be
released. A world famous conductor, Benjamin Zander uses
the metaphor of the orchestra and a life-time
of experience conducting, coaching and teaching
musicians to work his magic to overcome barriers
to corporate productivity. This presentation
sources fundamental changes in organizations.

Benjamin Zander started his early musical training
under the guidance of his father, in his native England, with lessons
in cello and composition. When he was nine, Benjamin Britten, England’s
leading composer, took an interest in his compositions and invited the
family to spend three summers in Aldeburgh in Suffolk where he lived.
This led to a long association with Britten and lessons in theory and
composition from Britten’s close associate Imogen Holst, daughter of
Gustav Holst.

He left school when he was fifteen,
to study in Florence with the great Spanish cello virtuoso, Gaspar
Cassadó, who was his teacher and mentor for the next five years. He
completed his cello training at the State Academy in Cologne,
travelling extensively with Cassadó and performing recitals and chamber

In 1964 Benjamin Zander completed a degree
at London University, winning the University College Essay Prize, and a
Harkness Commonwealth Fellowship for post-graduate work at Harvard.
Boston has been his home ever since.

In 1967 Mr.
Zander joined the Faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he
teaches the Interpretation Class, conducts the Youth Philharmonic
Orchestra and regularly conducts the Conservatory’s orchestras.
Twenty-three years ago he became the Artistic Director of the joint
program between NEC and Walnut Hill, a boarding school for the
Performing Arts.   During his thirty-five year tenure as conductor of
the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic he has taken the
orchestra on 13 international tours, made five commercial recordings
and several television documentaries for PBS.

1979, he became the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In
their twenty-eight seasons together they have performed an extensive
repertoire, with an emphasis on late Romantic and early Twentieth
Century composers, including a traversal of the complete cycle of
symphonies of Gustav Mahler. To celebrate the orchestra’s 25th
Anniversary in 2003-2004, the BPO completed an all-Mahler season,
including a concert of Mahler’s Second Symphony in Carnegie Hall. The
BPO has recorded five extremely succesful CDs, all of which are listed
in the Penguin Guide of the Best recordings of the Past 20 years.
Their recording of The Rite of Spring was named as one of the ten most
important Musical Events of 1992 by the New York Times.

Zander has established an international reputation as a guest
conductor. He has conducted the Israel Philharmonic for three
consecutive years, and conducted orchestras as diverse as the
Bournemouth Symphony, the Scottish and Irish National Orchestras, the
St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Malaysian Symphony, the St Louis
Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony the Youth Orchestra of
the Americas, and appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of New
Zealand, and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

He has a
unique relationship with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London with whom
he is recording a series of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies for the
Telarc label. Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh symphonies, and Mahler’s
symphonies 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 have been released thus far. The
phenomenal success of these discs is in part due to the eloquent and
informative discussion discs which accompany each disc. High Fidelity
named his recording of Mahler 6th as the best classical recording of
2002. His recording of Mahler’s 9th Symphony was nominated for a Grammy

Benjamin Zander has an extensive speaking
career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership.
He has just returned from Davos, Switzerland where he was the final
keynote spears at the World Economic Forum, where he has appeared four
times as a keynote speaker, where he was presented with the Crystal
award for “outstanding contributions in the Arts and international
relations”. The best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, co-authored
with his partner, leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander, has been
translated into sixteen languages.

Mr. Zander was
awarded the 2002 “Caring Citizen of the Humanities” Award by the
International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.

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