Star artists support new scholarships in Valencia
15th May 2012
A host of celebrities will lend their star support to the US-based Berklee College of Music’s first ever Master’s degrees at its new campus in Valencia, Spain.
Composers Alberto Iglesias and Howard Shore, pianist Michel Camilo, singer Juan Luis Guerra and Pino Sagliocco, chair of Live Nation Entertainment, have given their names to scholarships that will be awarded to selected students who want to pursue a career in the global music industry.
Launching in September, Master’s degrees in three disciplines are on offer: scoring for film, TV and video gaming (supported by Iglesias and Shore); contemporary studio performance (Camilo and Guerra); and global entertainment and music business (Sagliocco).
All students who apply for a course will be automatically considered for one of the five scholarships, as awarding is based on merit and individual talent.
Camilo said: ‘A scholarship winner has a responsibility to excel, there is a little bit of pressure, but hopefully this will catapult them into the next step of their careers and if I can point them in the right direction or inspire them in some way, I will - I want to share my knowledge and inspire through my experiences.’
Boston’s Berklee College of Music focuses on contemporary music, boasting an alumni that includes Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Aimee Mann and Alan Silbestri.
The college’s Spanish campus, which opened in January this year, is situated within Valencia’s now iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.