Benjamin Zander is an English conductor, who is currently the musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has persistently engaged well-informed musical and public intellectuals in a quest for insight and understanding into the western musical canon and the underlying spiritual, social, and political issues that inspired its creation.
Benjamin enjoys an international career as a speaker on leadership, with several keynote speeches at the Davos World Economic Forum, where he was presented with the Crystal Award for “Outstanding Contributions in the Arts and International Relations.” His best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, has been translated into eighteen languages and captures twelve breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors. Benjamin has appeared on TED talk on the topic “The Transformative Power of Classical Music” which has been seen by more than ten million people.
Benjamin will be speaking on the topic of leadership, but in an uncommon setting as he will elegantly combine his passion for classical music with his experienced knowledge on leadership. He brilliantly speaks on how a conductor is the only person who does not play an instrument, but at the same time is the person encapsulates the music.
A conductor is the prime example of the frequently quoted sentence: “Hire someone better than you”. Many of the people in an orchestra, if not all, can play their instrument better than the conductor, however, the conductor’s job is to build a machine where synergy among the different instruments is obtained.