A leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, Benjamin Zander is known for his unyielding energy and charismatic pre-concert talks.

Why you should listen

Benjamin Zander is one of the world’s most well-known classical musicians. A deeply insightful conductor, a master teacher of music and an engaging speaker on leadership, his emotionally rich and insightful performances stem from his endless pursuit of a deeper understanding of the masterworks of classical music. Generations of musicians have been stimulated by his all-encompassing approach, his communicative openness and his commitment to creating ambassadors for the art form.

Zander’s belief that music is a vehicle for enhancing societal connectivity transcends the concert hall. He uses music to help people open their minds and create joyful harmonies that bring out the best in themselves and their colleagues – all while enrolling a global community to become lifelong devotees of classical music. His ideas about leadership are rooted in a partnership with Rosamund Stone Zander, with whom he co-wrote The Art of Possibility.

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Live from TED2023

Off with a bang: Notes on Session 1 of TED2023

April 18, 2023

It’s time for TED! In an eclectic and interdisciplinary opening session, artists, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs and more explored the breadth of transformative possibilities that lie ahead of us, from understanding animal communication to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to the theory of the “adjacent possible.” The event: Talks from Session 1 of TED2023: Possibility, hosted by […]

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It's our 400th TEDTalk today

March 11, 2009

For those keeping score, Aimee Mullins’ funny and astonishing TEDTalk this morning marks our 400th TEDTalk. I asked followers of the TEDtalks Twitter stream to name some sleeper hits from the archives — talks they didn’t think they would like but did. Here are a few replies — which may send you looking for your […]

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