Benjamin Zander

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

Benjamin Zander offers a startling new perspective on leadership. Using stories and music, the world famous conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra awakens possibility in others, demonstrating that tapping into innate creativity can help people overcome barriers and increase productivity.

Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since its formation in 1979. He is also the conductor of Boston’s renowned Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. For the past thirty years, he has been a professor at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has taught Master Classes all over the world and has been a visiting professor at some of the finest educational institutions.

Born in England, Zander began composing at the age nine, studied under Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst, and trained as a cellist in Italy and Germany with cello virtuoso Gaspar Cassada. He received a degree from University College, London, and pursued postgraduate studies at Harvard and in New York on a Harkness Fellowship.

He is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Art of Possibility, written with his partner Rosamund Zander, and which has been translated into 15 languages.

The United Nations International Council for Caring Communities named him as the 2002 recipient of the “Caring Citizen of the Humanities” award.

A Metaphor for Leadership

Benjamin 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. This is not a speech, it is an experience!


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.


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.

Experience the Art of Possibility

Benjamin Zander is widely acknowledged as one of the most effective and engaging presenters in the world today!


Tom Peters calls him “the hottest property on the business guru circuit ” This brilliant symphony conductor uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how an organization can come together as a team and unleash its full potential.


Benjamin Zander, renowned conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, has been a Key-note speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos for three consecutive years. He engages passionately with orchestras and audiences the world over, enticing people to go beyond their customary barriers to accomplish truly extraordinary results. Whether he is addressing top Executives of Fortune 500 companies, or conducting world-class orchestras, Zander never fails to challenge, enthuse and energize.


The Zanders demonstrate that the leader’s power derives from his or her ability to make others powerful. They can teach us how to release the passion and commitment of our players, sothat, both in the workplace and in personal relationships, we suddenly find ourselves surrounded by stars!


Together they reveal a new realm, where dead ends, despair and anger can be transformed to full participation and creativity. In essence a whole new world of possibility.