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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Passion, Possibility, Power & Classical Music

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Benjamin Zander is an English conductor who is currently the musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He never fails to inspire, just we we need it most.

Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it...and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences and new connections, because his talks also contain powerful leadership lessons that transcend music and apply to all areas of life. 

Ben delightfully treats classical music like multi-layered soul music, so as you can imagine, his brilliant pre-concert talks tend to be, standing room only.


In 1967, he joined the faculty at New England Conservatory, where he taught an interpretation class, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the conservatory orchestras. For 30 years he was the Artistic Director of the joint program between New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.

Ben's a delightful international sought after speaker, and gave the opening Keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations". 

In 2002 he was awarded the "Caring Citizen of the Humanities Award" by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations. 

In honor of his 70th birthday, and 45 years of teaching, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory.

He and his wife Rosamund Zander collaborated on a favorite best-selling book, "The Art of Possibility." It has now been translated into more than 25 languages. 

We hope your eyes will shine while listening to Dr. Zander's TED talk at at one of the Aspen Ideas Festival events.  

Enjoy and have a lovely Sunday.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff