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Last week Berklee Valencia presented the fifth annual Berklee Global Career Summit, a four-day conference that included more than 20 music industry leaders participating as speakers and mentors.
The mostly virtual event, which took place January 12–15 with the support of BBVA and the City of Arts and Sciences, included presentations, panels, mentorship opportunities, and information sessions focused on professional development in business, film scoring, production, songwriting, and other areas. On Friday, January 15, a number of student workshops were hosted at the Santiago Grisolía Auditorium and sala polivalente (multipurpose room) at the Museu de les Ciències.
Guest speakers included Susan Rogers, a professor in Berklee’s Music Production and Engineering Department known for her work with Prince and David Byrne; Patrice Rushen, a three-time Grammy nominated singer, composer, and producer; and Carla Marie Williams, a Grammy Award–winning songwriter. Other speakers included Rob Dickins, former chairman of Warner Music UK; renowned film composer Robert Kraft; artist, composer, and producer Nitin Sawhney; artist, entrepreneur, and live show designer Laura Escudé; and others.
In addition, the summit included a three-day workshop where students and faculty worked together to shape and record the song “Um Dia Mais.” The workshop included a songwriting session with jazz singer and composer Viktorija Pilatovic; a production session led by artist, producer, and composer Magda Giannikou; and a recording session led by Magda Gianikkou, and engineered by producer, recording and mix engineer, and audio technician Pablo Schuller. Students and other participants could follow the process via Zoom.
The summit closed with the 13th edition of the Berklee Showcase, which was streamed live on Berklee Valencia’s YouTube channel. The concert celebrated Berklee Valencia’s student talent and explored a world of styles, cultures, and ideas through music.