Berklee today

JUN 2015

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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Summer 2015 7 New to the Board of Trustees Jane Mendillo comes to Berklee's board of trustees after spending more than 30 years in the feld of endowment and investment man- agement. As the CEO of the Harvard Management Company (HMC) from 2008 to 2014, she managed Harvard University's approximately $40 bil- lion global endowment and related assets across public and private mar- kets. From 2002 to 2008, Mendillo was the chief investment off- cer at Wellesley College. She spent the previous 15 years at HMC serv- ing in various investment roles, and has worked at Bain & Co. and the Yale Investment Offce. Mendillo is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Management. Alex Rigopulos is the cofounder, chair, and chief creative offcer for Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based video game development studio. Harmonix is the creator of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band—two of the most successful franchises in the history of video games—as well as the Dance Central game series and Fantasia: Music Evolved. In 2008, Rigopulos was in- cluded in Time magazine's annual list of the "100 most infuential people in the world." Rigopulos served as Harmonix's CEO from 1995 through the spring of 2014, at which point he transitioned into his current role as CCO. Prior to cofounding Harmonix, Rigopulos studied music composi- tion at MIT, earning his bachelor of science in music and theater arts in 1992. He later studied computer music at the MIT Media Lab, earning a master of science degree in media arts and sciences in 1994. Alumna trustee Monica Giraldo '02 is a singer/songwriter from Monica Giraldo '02 David Gross-Loh Alex Rigopulos Jane Mendillo Bogotá, Colombia, who has released three albums and earned a nomi- nation in the Best New Artist cat- egory at the 2008 Latin Grammys. She earned a degree in music from Berklee and a degree in architecture from Los Andres University in Bogotá. Giraldo has performed in venues throughout Colombia, Mexico, the United States, France, and Japan, and has worked as an architect at CBT Architects in Boston and at other leading architecture frms in Spain and Colombia. Giraldo's passion for music and cultural expressions has generated a deep sense of under- standing about how local tradition can be combined with innovation to produce new observations, ideas, and opportunities. David Gross-Loh is a managing director at Bain Capital, where he has worked since 2000 in the Boston, New York, and Tokyo offces. Gross-Loh is a founding member of Bain Capital's Asia business, which he now codirects after having estab- lished and managed the Tokyo offce in 2006. Bain Capital Asia has of- fces in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Melbourne. Prior to his work at Bain Capital, Gross-Loh was a consultant with Bain & Company and worked with NEC Corp. in Tokyo. Gross-Loh currently serves on the boards of several companies in Japan, China, and Australia, including Jupiter Shop Channel, Skylark, Domino's Pizza Japan, Macromill, Uniview Technologies, and Retail Zoo. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 29, Luis Alvarez '83 received Berklee's George Wein Impresario Award dur- ing the festival's 25th anniversary. The award recognizes individu- als who bring music to life through their dedication to discovering, men- toring, presenting, and promoting creative musicians and their mu- sic. Alvarez is a former member of Berklee's board of trustees and the current vice chair of the Berklee Valencia Advisory Board. He has been a vital link between Spanish and Latin American communities and Berklee. Larry Simpson, senior vice pres- ident for academic affairs/provost, presented the award to Alvarez on the festival's main stage. "Luis has brought together, on these stages, great musicians from all over the world— players that might not otherwise have shared a spot- light," Simpson said. "Together with Berklee, he has also spearheaded an enduring education program here in San Juan. Nearly 3,000 students have gone through the program, studying under Berklee faculty, and several have built impressive careers as professionals." One of the students Simpson alluded to is saxophonist Miguel Zenón '98, a critically hailed jazz artist and recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. "It would be hard for me to think of any other individual who has been more of a champion for jazz in Puerto Rico than Luis Alvarez," Zenón noted. Jazz pianist Michel Camilo also offered laudatory words about Alvarez for making the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest "one of the top international jazz festivals." Luis Alvarez '83 Receives George Wein Impresario Award Luis Alvarez '83 after receiving the George Wein Impresario Award Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alvarez is an accomplished business leader. He earned a bachelor of busi- ness administration degree at the University of Notre Dame before earning his bachelor of music de- gree at Berklee in 1983. Alvarez has served since 1985 as vice president of Mendez & Company, Inc., a major family-owned Puerto Rican food and beverage company. Under his leadership, Mendez & Company es- tablished the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest in 1990 with Alvarez pro- ducing the event. Additionally, Alvarez is an FAA- certifed airline transport pilot and fxed-wing and commercial pilot. He chairs the board of Cervezas del Sur, and chairs the board of the Historical Society of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. Joe Colon Studio

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