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Zander, Benjamin (conductor)
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Benjamin Zander (conductor)

Music was Benjamin Zander’s life at a very early age. When Zander was nine he was already composing and by twelve he was studying under Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst. He left home at the age of fifteen to study for five years with the great Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassado in Florence and at the State Academy in Cologne. After completing his degree at London University, he went to the United States on a Harkness Fellowship and has made his home in Boston ever since. There, as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic since its formation in 1978, and a guest conductor of numerous other orchestras, he has become the centre of an intense, at times almost cult-like following. In his case, however, the followers are not starry-eyed acolytes, but rather some of the most well-informed musical intellectuals in America. For nearly thirty years, beginning with Michael Steinberg’s passionate advocacy on his behalf in the pages of the Boston Globe, critics and public have been united in their praise of Zander’s interpretations of the central repertory.

For 45 years he was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, where his class on interpretation attracted students from all over the world, and he travels extensively giving masterclasses, conducting guest performances, and touring with his own recently formed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has established an international reputation as a guest conductor and 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, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared with the National Youth Orchestras of New Zealand, Australia and Venezuela.

One of the unique characteristics of Zander’s approach to giving a concert is to precede each performance with an illustrated talk, which is for many members of the audience, an integral part of the whole experience. This is based on his belief that, given some guidance, everybody can understand and come to love great music.

Zander began working regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1995, conducting a series of Mahler symphonies to extraordinary critical acclaim. Zander’s recordings with the Philharmonia on Telarc include Mahler’s Symphonies No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9, Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 5 and 7 and, most recently, the Grammy-nominated Bruckner Symphony No. 5.

Zander has developed an additional career as a speaker to organisations, using the conductor/orchestra relationship as a model for leadership. He has been profiled on CNN, the BBC, 60 Minutes and in the Washington Post. The Art of Possibility, a best-selling book, co-authored with leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander has been translated into fifteen languages.

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