Benjamin Zander - conductor
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards. Their latest recording of Bruckner's 5th Symphony was nominated for a 2010 Grammy, and has received critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander's now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. They recorded their next release, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, in January 2012 and it is scheduled for release later this year on Linn.
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 the past 28 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.
Mr. 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 44 years of teaching, he was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the New England Conservatory.
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American Record Guide
'To say my hopes were exceeded barely begins to describe his transcendent reading.'more >>Choir & Organ
‘…it is a truly insightful, inspiring and engaging reading from a Mahler interpreter of considerable and honest musicality.’more >>Gramophone
‘Zander’s fidelity to Mahler’s markings remains remarkable.’more >>International Record Review
'intimacy and rare beauty'more >>ConcertoNet.com
'The pliant and rapturous playing of the Philharmonia, the outstanding soloists, and Zander’s powerful and fresh reading make this an exciting release and a welcome addition to the catalogue.’more >>The Irish Times
'...of remarkable beauty...'more >>The Sunday Times
'Essential listening.'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Orchestral quality is never in doubt...outstanding...'more >>MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'Zander and his players bring out Mahler's sardonic humour...which I've never heard delivered quite like this...a fantastic, keenly observed performance.'more >>MahlerReviews.com
'...beautiful, and beautifully captured...'more >>Herald Scotland
'...the Philharmonia Chorus...are fabulous.'more >>The Times
'...the Philharmonia generates a tremendously rich sound.'more >>AllMusic.com
'...one of the best of 2013.'more >>Words and Music
Disc of the Day: '...beautifully timed by Zander...'more >>Pizzicato
‘Any committed Mahlerian should not miss the release.’more >>Boston Globe
‘It’s tender and reverent, and full of detail.’more >>