Benjamin Zander


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Benjamin Zander (born 9 March 1939 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England) is an English conductor who is currently the musical director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Benjamin Zander was born in Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. 

His parents had emigrated from Berlin in 1937 to escape the Nazis and raised their four children: Michael, Luke, Angelica, and Benjamin. At home, his father would regularly sing and play piano after work. Benjamin Zander started to compose music at the age of nine. 

Several of his compositions came to the attention of composer Benjamin Britten, who invited the Zander family to spend three summers in Aldeburgh, England, the beautiful seaside town in Suffolk where he lived. 

Benjamin Zander took lessons with Benjamin Britten and became a student of the theory of Britten's amanuensis and assistant, Imogen Holst. Benjamin and Patricia Zander were married in 1966, and their daughter Jessica was born a few years later. Jessica and her husband, David Tomaszewski, have two daughters, Maya, born in April 2001, and Vivian-Rose, born in April 2003.

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