Berklee in Valencia will draw upon the resources, tradition, and culture of innovation and creativity that define Berklee College of Music.
Today, in an event celebrated in the Generalitat Valenciana with the participation of president Camps as well as mayor of the city Rita Barbera, Berklee College of Music president Roger H. Brown signed an agreement to rent the Annex South building of the Palau de les Arts complex, located in the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia. The Boston-based contemporary music college will begin its operations in Valencia in 2011, confirming the schedule of its first campus outside the United States.
Berklee in Valencia
Berklee will lease 38,750 square feet of the South Annex building adjacent to the Palau de les Arts de Valencia as the initial place to establish its presence. The college will also have use of the Palau auditoriums for presenting musical events. This will allow Berklee to create an independent operation within the City of Arts and Sciences complex, while sharing the considerable resources of the Palau de les Arts.
Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, the Palau de les Arts is a truly iconic building, recognized and admired worldwide as a symbol of the transformation of Valencia into one of the most international of European cities. The Palau includes an opera house that hosts both a world-class opera season and the Valencia Symphonic Orchestra.
Berklee president Roger Brown said, “We couldn’t dream of a better place for launching our first international campus, and the Palau will be a great first step in building a solid foundation for our future activity in Valencia. We feel that the musical and social traditions of Valencia make it the ideal location for this campus. We wish to acknowledge the steadfast and enduring commitment of the Generalitat Valenciana and the City of Valencia to this project. As well, the vision and generous support for talented young musicians from SGAE has been a decisive factor in our selection of Spain and Valencia for our first international campus, and for keeping our focus here, even in these turbulent economic times. We hope to contribute to Valencia by bringing Berklee’s 65 years of experience in developing contemporary music professionals, and by helping to enrich the remarkable musical traditions of the Mediterranean.”
Berklee will invest 2.5 million Euros fitting out and equipping the facilities, including the design and construction of a state-of-the-art recording studio, which will aspire to be one of the best places for recording film scores in Europe.
In 2012, Berklee in Valencia will launch master’s-degree programs in film scoring and media writing, electronic production and design, global entertainment and music management, studio performance, and symphonic bands. There will also be a range of short, professional certificate programs for experienced musicians, and special programs for young musicians. These will focus on songwriting and composition, film scoring, music business, and instrumental performance in various musical styles, and will begin in mid-2011. Undergraduate programs for students coming from the Boston campus will commence in September 2011.
Berklee’s programs in Valencia will create a new standard for contemporary music education, bringing there the college’s worldwide renowned faculty. Academic initiatives and formation of the faculty team in Valencia will be led by Larry Monroe, whose 35-year career at Berklee includes his role as dean of the Performance Division and vice president for international programs. This will be most evident in the Mediterranean Music Institute, where Berklee in Valencia students, experienced Berklee educators, visiting musicians, and new faculty from Spain and beyond will explore fusions of music prevalent in and around the Mediterranean, making Berklee in Valencia a hub for the study, evolution, and global proliferation of many musical genres, including flamenco. The institute will launch in March 2011.