Benjamin Zander

Hailed by Tom Peters as "the hottest property on the business guru circuit" and by 60 Minutes as "the Energizer Bunny of Classical Music," Benjamin Zander engages passionately with orchestras and audiences the world over, enticing people to go beyond their customary barriers to accomplish truly extraordinary results.

Combining his extensive experience as Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and his exquisite talent as a teacher and communicator, Zander uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how an organization can come together as a team and unleash its full potential.  His bestselling book, The Art of Possibility: Transforming Personal and Professional Life, has been translated into 16 languages and provides breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors.  Whether he is addressing top executives of Fortune 500 companies or conducting world-class orchestras, Zander never fails to challenge, enthuse and energize.

ABOUT Benjamin Zander   (+/-)

A Musical and Leadership Genius

A child prodigy, Benjamin Zander began playing cello and composing music at age nine, when Benjamin Britten, England's leading composer, took an interest in his work and invited Zander to study with him.  He became the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of twelve and in 1964, earned his degree from London University, winning the University College Essay Prize, and a Harkness Commonwealth Fellowship for post-graduate work at Harvard.  Zander then joined the Faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he still teaches the Interpretation Class, conducts the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and regularly conducts the Conservatory's orchestras.  This, all in addition to his world-renown, award-winning leadership of the past 30 years as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Honored Author, Performer and Humanitarian

Derived from his incredible musical experience, Zander has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world and lecturing to organizations on leadership.  He has been the keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum several times and has received the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and International Relations. His best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, co-authored with his partner, leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander, has been translated into sixteen languages.  In 2002, Zander was awarded the "Caring Citizen of the Humanities" Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.



A Metaphor for Leadership and The Art of Possibility

Benjamin Zander's presentation takes audiences 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.