Alumni Profiles

Cristina Vaira '13 - Getting Back to What Matters

Most performers have had nightmares about bombing in front of a panel of celebrity judges, but for one Berklee alumna it was a dream come true.

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Brian Marquis ’01–Making His Own Luck

This talented and tenacious songwriter has a knack for creating his own opportunities.

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Ryan O'Connor '06: Changing the Game

Alumnus Ryan O’Connor '06 is spearheading an effort to change the way we do business at live shows.

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PODCAST: King

The women of King are winning fans throughout the music industry–fans like Erykah Badu, ?uestlove, and Prince–with the electro-soul they write, perform, and produce themselves.

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PODCAST: The Crash Kings

Brothers Tony and Mike Beliveau play old-school rock 'n' roll with a twist—no guitars. Using only keyboards, bass, and drums, they create a hard-hitting sound that has reached No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative chart, and netted them a featured performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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PODCAST: Samantha Preis '10

Connecticut native Samantha Preis ’10 began playing the piano at a young age, but didn’t care much for practicing the music she was given.  Instead, she preferred to write her own songs, a habit which led her to Berklee’s summer Songwriting Workshop, and from there to a songwriting scholarship.

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Jason Lim '13: All of the Above

Performer and inventor Jason Lim synthesizes new experiences in the Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. “Berklee has the worldwide reputation and facilities that I wanted to experience,” he says, and adds that he began saving money to come to Berklee early on during his first degree program. He originally intended to stay for only a semester or two, but found the experience so rewarding that he completed a second degree, this time in electronic production and design (EPD).

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PODCAST: Tom Griesgraber '95

This alumnus's flying fingers make magic with the Chapman Stick. After attending a Berklee in LA session, Griesgraber set his heart on Berklee, but knew he had his work cut out for him to succeed there. He began taking courses at MiraCosta college, and soon distinguished himself, tutoring other students, recording, and helping with administrative duties. He then transferred to Berklee, and two years later graduated summa cum laude.

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Inside Berklee PODCAST: Christian Scott

A young trumpeter returns to Berklee to talk about a range of topics, including teaching, playing, current events, and the sound of music in post-Katrina New Orleans. He headlined at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and took the time while he was in town to chat about his latest recording, the current state of the industry, and the ways the culture of his hometown New Orleans is evolving.

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Behind the Scenes with Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi

Berklee alumnus Ramin Djawadi is the man behind the music for Game of Thrones. When Djawadi ’98 was tapped to compose the score, an epic quality was the guiding principle. The German composer shared his thoughts on what it takes to compose for Game of Thrones, his time at Berklee, and what an effective score should do.

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