01 Dec 2012
Starting with piano lessons as a boy in Buenos Aires, Máximo Flügelman (MBA 1971) found that he enjoyed creating his own music. But instead of pursuing the arts, he went to the University of Geneva to study economics. Then came HBS, followed by stints with several financial institutions, before he cofounded Corfina Global Advisors, a Washington, DC, international finance firm.
After HBS, while working in New York City, Flügelman decided to take composition courses at Juilliard. He began to write classical music of such quality that it has been performed to critical acclaim in major venues around the world. "I never resolved the two avocations," Flügelman told the Washington Times (August 2, 2012). "I just hoped the cocktail of music and finance would not be too mutually exclusive."
Explained Flügelman, who has composed orchestral pieces, song cycles, and chamber music, "I write music that people can listen to…it's a breath of fresh air to have the freedom to express accessible music." While he counts Shostakovich and Richard Strauss among his influences, Flügelman also pointed to a different sort of muse, a commission with a deadline: "It's the best disciplinarian, and the ideas do come."
Class of MBA 1971, Section I