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Alex Lacamoire - Berklee Commencement Address 2019

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Composer, producer, orchestrator, musical director, and four-time Grammy Award winner, Alex Lacamoire addresses the class of 2019 at Berklee's graduation.
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A three-time Tony and Grammy Award winner for his work on the Broadway musicals Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and In the Heights, Alex Lacamoire has always had a fondness for musical theater. The classically trained pianist began his studies at the age of 4, and by the age of 11 he was playing in his first musical—a summer production of Bye Bye Birdie. The gifted musician, composer, and orchestrator majored in professional music while at Berklee, studying arranging and film scoring, in addition to playing in multiple jazz and rock ensembles. In December 2018, Lacamoire was presented with a Kennedy Center Honors, which included a special joint award for him and the other three Hamilton creators: Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s writer and original star; director Thomas Kail; and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. The award praised them as “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.” It marked the first time a piece of work, rather than an individual person, was honored. This past February, Lacamoire won his fourth Grammy for producing the soundtrack for The Greatest Showman, and he’s reuniting with his Hamilton collaborators as supervising music producer on the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon, which premiered in April.
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