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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.