Remembering Dr. Walter Zander

“The best review I ever got was not from a music critic, but from my father. He was 94 years old at the time and completely blind. He attended a Master Class I gave in London and sat there in his wheelchair for about three hours. When it was over, I went to speak with him. He lifted up his finger in his characteristic way and said, “I see that you are actually a member of the healing profession.” It seemed to me the highest accolade.”

–Benjamin Zander

In this collection, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Walter Zander, the father of Benjamin who has shaped all aspects of his life. A deep lover of music, Dr. Zander kept a mini-score of Anton Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony with him as a soldier fighting in World War I. He would read it in the trenches during lulls in combat. While imprisoned in an internment camp at the hands of the Nazis in World War II, he started a university for fellow prisoners. They learned from one another without the luxury of books, writing implements, or even paper. By the time Dr. Zander died in 1993, he had established himself as a gifted entrepreneur, writer, and thinker. The items below help us memorialize his warmth, humor, and brilliance.

Obituary – The Independent, London
A moving obituary of Dr. Walter Zander by Sir James Craig from The Independent, London
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