Silent Power : The Philosophies Of Benjamin Zander

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Silent Power: The Philosophies of Benjamin Zander “I had been conducting for nearly twenty years when it suddenly dawned on me that the conductor of an orchestra does not make a sound… his true power derives from his ability to make other people powerful.” These are the words of Benjamin Zander. He began lessons in cello and composition under his father, but soon was invited by Benjamin Britten to study with him in the summers. He also studied theory and composition from Imogen Holst, daughter of Gustav Holst. At the age of fifteen, he moved to Florence to study cello under Gaspar Cassado. He graduated from London University in 1964, and was awarded a Harkness Commonwealth Fellowship for post-graduate work at Harvard. Beginning in 1967, Zander worked as faculty of the New England Conservatory, where he taught classes such as interpretation, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the conservatory orchestra. He was the Artistic Director of a joint program between The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts and the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. In 1979, Zander began the first of thirty-six seasons as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. In addition, he has conducted the Israel Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Scottish and Irish National orchestras, the Malaysian Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth

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