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.