Alex Rigopulos is the cofounder, chairman, and chief creative officer (CCO) of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based video game development studio specializing in music-based games. Harmonix is best known as the creator of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band—two of the most successful franchises in the history of video games—and in 2008, Rigopulos and his co-founder were included in TIME Magazine’s annual list of the “100 most influential people in the world.”
Harmonix also created the Dance Central series of dance games, and most recently, the company developed Fantasia: Music Evolved with the Walt Disney Company. Rigopulos served as Harmonix’s CEO from inception in 1995 through the spring of 2014, at which point he transitioned into his current role as CCO. Prior to co-founding Harmonix, Rigopulos studied music composition as an undergraduate at MIT, earning his bachelor of science in music and theater arts in 1992, and he returned to MIT to study computer music in graduate school at the MIT Media Lab, earning a master of science degree in media arts and sciences in 1994. Rigopulos also attended the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 1987.