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Benjamin Zander's speaking fee falls within range: $50,000 to $75,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Benjamin Zander, the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, is one of the most sought-after speakers in the world. He has given both the opening and the closing 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.”
He has an international reputation as a guest conductor, and has conducted the Israel Philharmonic, the Scottish and Irish National Orchestras, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Malaysian Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, among others.
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’s 9th and Bruckner’s 5th Symphony were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance in 1999. Their latest recording, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.
In 1967, Mr. 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.
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.
His partner Rosamund Zander and he have collaborated on a best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, which has been translated into fifteen languages.
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’s 9th and Bruckner’s 5th Symphony were nominated for Grammys for Best Orchestral Performance. Their latest recording, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.
Mr. Zander is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has given both the opening and the closing 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 recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory.
Benjamin 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, new connections.
With his trademark passion for music Benjamin Zander explains that music is created from enthusiasm and love, and that all other means of judging it are irrelevant; as he says himself, “We should only grade people on their enthusiasm; anything else is worthless."
Benjamin Zander brings his experience of top-level orchestral conducting to the business world in speeches which are a world away from dry academia.
Using music, he illustrates how his job of leadership as a conductor is to release the innate talent of others and then to bring those talents together as a coherent whole. He sees passion, creativity and inclusiveness as integral parts of what make us human beings; the job of the leader is to allow these features to come out.
Applying the metaphor of the orchestra to corporate productivity Benjamin demonstrates that organizations must undergo radical changes of philosophy if they are truly to realize the benefit of their employees’ creativity.
Benjamin Zander′s presentation takes an audience 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.
“If you want to liberate your soul, listen to Zander′s Mahler. If you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, study the Art of Possibility with the Zanders. In his presentation Ben explodes traditional leadership thinking and takes leadership out of the closet. He blows the door WITH its hinges off that closet, and you can never go back after working with Ben. His leadership view is unconventional, irreverent and bold. Its impact is without boundaries. I have seen Ben Zander′s teaching transform entire teams through Possibility in ways that are nothing short of magical with results that are nothing short of exemplary. He is a catalyst for Excellence.”
– Roseanna DeMaria, First Vice President, Leadership & Performance, Merrill Lynch
“In his passionate, almost savagely energetic monologues, Zander leaps about the stage from his piano to a flip chart and back to the piano. He plays, lectures, spins tales, and pushes his audience to laugh, cry, and sing…”
– Polly LaBarre, Fast Company
“Dear Ben – The safe space that you created in that auditorium allowed us to experience self-expression in a challenging and nurturing way. You took a simple everyday act like singing happy birthday and showed us that by giving it our all (by giving it your all) we could move each other to tears of joy. I thank you for the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful lesson. I now carry the possibility of joy inside me.”
– George Fuchs
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The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
Presenting twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander′s experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander′s genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.
The authors′ harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.
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