Zander Fellow

Zander Fellowship at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

The Zander Fellowship is an endowed scholarship that was established in 1999 by the Boston Philharmonic's Board of Directors on the occasion of Benjamin Zander's 60th birthday in recognition of a lifetime of contribution to the world of music.

The fellowship offers a young musician an apprenticeship with Mr. Zander for one concert season. It provides an opportunity to learn from Mr. Zander at close quarters by attending rehearsals, meetings and presentations. The Zander Fellow will learn first-hand the distinctive musical philosophy and business practices that make the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Benjamin Zander’s leadership as a conductor so unique. The Fellowship is meant to be a transforming experience for a young musician and to launch a career that will make a difference to our cultural life.

The Fellowship consists of two related parts:

1. A learning opportunity with Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (stipend $15,000).

2. Assistant to Mr. Zander for his musical and teaching activities (stipend $15,000). Visit for more information about Benjamin Zander.

We are not currently accepting applications for this fellowship.

The Boston Philharmonic thanks the following individuals for their generous support towards the endowment of Zander Fellowship: Kathy Adam and The Charles E. Harwood Trust; Lola & Charles Baldwin, III; Clark Charitable Trust; Deborah & Larry Chud; Carl & Armenne Derderian; Kathleen Emrich & Robert Sherwood; Frank & Mitzi Ferguson; The D+L Foundation; Constance & Michael Fulenwider; The Goldberg Foundation; Graham & Ann Gund; Francis & Elizabeth Hunnewell; William & Sinesia Karol; Robbie & Joe Deitch; Dr. & Mrs. Louis Meeks; John L. & Janet E. Pattillo; Seymour & Sylvia Rothchild; Lois & Norman Silverman; David Strand; Stephen Symchych; Richard J. Trant; Elizabeth G. Vestner; Murray Wheeler, Jr.; Sharon P. & Richard C. Whiteley; Elsie & Patrick R. Wilmerding; Marilyn H. Zuckerman.


Current Zander Fellow Thomas Jung is the Conductor and Music Director of the Flora Sinfonie Orchester Köln, the Chief Conductor of the Studio Orchester Duisburg and Guest Conductor of the Tianjin Grand Opera Symphony Orchestra in China. 

Thomas Jung studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, at the University of Cambridge and King's College Cambridge. He studied conducting under Volker Wangenheim, rounding off his training with masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Colin Metters, Jorma Panula and Benjamin Zander. Thomas Jung is a fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the DEY Foundation, the Music Foundation of the Kreissparkasse and a conducting fellow of the Richard Wagner Association. 

In autumn 2012 Thomas Jung received the Culture Prize of the Philippas Engel Foundation for his social and cultural commitment to music, with music and through music. That same year he was awarded first price and special price "Best Performance" in the German Orchestra Competition. 

In 2012 Thomas Jung founded the Flora Sinfonie Orchester Köln and was elected Chief Conductor of the Studio Orchester Duisburg. From 2009 until 2012 he was the Music Dirctor of the Klettenberger Kammerorchester Köln. In the 2010/11 season Thomas Jung was the Music Director of the production Moses muss singen at the Opera House of Münster. 

As assistant Thomas Jung worked together with Semyon Bychkov (WDR Sinfonieorchester), Markus Stenz (Gürzenich-Orchester), Gustavo Dudamel (Gürzenich-Orchester) and was invited by Bernard Haitink for his rehearsals with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in June 2013 (Brahms: Symphony Cycle), all his rehearsals with the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in December 2013 (Haydn: The Creation) and all his rehearsals with the Berliner Philharmoniker in March 2014 and 2015.

In 2009 Thomas Jung recorded the Tauwetter score, a film project of students of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, with the Junges Ensemble für Neue Musik, which he had founded in 2007 to enable the performances of pieces written by students of the composition department of the Hochschule für Musik Köln. With this Orchestra Thomas Jung conducted more than 20 world premieres between 2007 and 2010. During that time he as a conductor was a member of the composition class of York Höller.  

Personal encounters with Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Adams, Sofia Gubaidulina, Peter Eötvös, Kurt Masur, Alfred Brendel and Emauel Ax brought invaluable musical animation. 

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