Keynote Speaker
Benjamin Zander

Experiencing the art of possibility

Tuesday, Oct. 10 Location Code
7:30am-9:20am Hynes Center, Level 2, Memorial Auditorium N/A

Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings that have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander's now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. Their recordings of Mahler 9th and Bruckner's 5th Symphony were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance. Their latest recording, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, was released last year, and nominated for the Grammy for Best Surround Sound Record.

In 1967, Zander 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. He was awarded Faculty Emeritus status at NEC in 2012.

Zander is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He 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, Zander was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory. His partner, Rosamund Zander, and he have collaborated on a best-selling book, "The Art of Possibility," which has been translated into fifteen languages.