Benjamin Zander (US)

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Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Benjamin Zander is known around the world as one of the best speakers on inspirational leadership, teamwork and change. Using conducting and the orchestra as a metaphor for any group and its leadership Benjamin has inspired audiences from NASA to the World Economic Forum at Davos.


Benjamin Zander has been Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since its formation over thirty years ago. He uses music and conducting as a metaphor for leadership, teamwork and tackling change.

Born and educated in England, Benjamin began to compose at the age of nine and studied with Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst, daughter of Gustav. He left school at fifteen and studied cello with the great Spanish virtuoso Gaspar Cassado. After receiving a degree at University College, London, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he served as Professor at The New England Conservatory of Music for 45 years.

Benjamin has produced highly acclaimed recordings of Mahler’s Sixth, Beethoven’s Ninth and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the latter being chosen by the New York Times as one of the most outstanding musical events of the year. As a guest conductor he has appeared several times in Carnegie Hall, as well as in Russia, Germany, Korea, Israel, Japan and Italy.

Using music as both metaphor and medium, Benjamin has become a much sought after speaker to all types of organisations all over the world, bringing his insights as the conductor of a symphony orchestra to business leaders involved in transformation and change. Benjamin invites audiences to find alternative ways to approach these challenges, and to see the orchestra as a model of teamwork.

Amongst others, Benjamin has spoken at TED, the World Forum, NASA and the US Army. At the World Economic Forum he was presented with the Crystal Award, which recognises the decisive role which the arts play in the creation of global understanding and peace.

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