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Berklee President Roger H. Brown will present an honorary Doctor of Music degree to recording artist Imogen Heap during the commencement ceremony for the master’s degree programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, which takes place at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía on July 8.
“Berklee is honored to recognize the work and contributions that Imogen Heap has brought to the creative community through her groundbreaking approach to technology and art. Imogen’s intricate knowledge and understanding of these two powerful elements has allowed her to impressively intersect the two in a tasteful and relevant way,” said Maria M. Iturriaga, executive director of Berklee Valencia. “From her original compositions with Frou Frou to her high-tech gloves work and the creation of Mycelia, Imogen’s commitment to the artist community and to pushing the boundaries of art creation make her a true role model for artists of all backgrounds and for the new generations of creators to come.”
Based in London, Heap has written and produced four solo albums, written tracks for movies and TV shows, and produced the score for the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, for which she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play. She has also received an Ivor Novello Award, the Artist and Manager Awards’ Pioneer Award, and the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Inspiration Award. Heap has earned two honorary degrees for her work on MI.MU gloves, the wireless, sensor-enabled, wearable controller gloves she designed for creating and performing music through movement and gesture.
Berklee’s honorary doctorate recipients are recognized for their achievements and influences in music, and for their enduring contributions to American and international culture. Honorary doctorates have previously been awarded to Eddie Gómez (2013), Plácido Domingo (2014), Emilio Aragón (2016), John McLaughlin (2017), and Al Di Meola (2018) at the Valencia campus.