2020 George Duke Keyboard Scholarship WINNER: Ben Xu

Hongbin Xu (Ben)

Ben (Hongbin) Xu

Keyboardist Ben Xu is the winner of the prestigious George Duke Keyboard Scholarship at Musicians Institute.

The multi-talented Bachelor of Music Performance student comes to MI by way of China having performed and studied a wide array of musical genres including: Classical, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Neo-Soul and Pop music on the piano and keyboard.

Ben explains that he chose to study at Musicians Institute because “two years ago I decided to study music professionally and I found MI’s official website.  I learned that the MI keyboard program not only had performance courses but also DAW courses such as Logic and Protools, that helped me to decide to come to MI.”

During his studies, he plans a continued focus on “understanding harmony as many ways as possible and to improve the phrasing in my improvisations. Barry Harris once said “You don’t think about the chords. You just play a melody.”

After MI, Ben’s career aspirations are to “become a professional musician eventually, be a gigging keyboard player and producer.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Ben on this achievement.   We look forward to seeing him reach his full potential while at MI.

Special thanks to Rich Buchanan and James Chesser on behalf of the Stanley Clarke Scholarship Foundation; who generously funded this scholarship to honor the exceptional talents and artistic career of the legendary George Duke. The scholarship provides talented students like Ben with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

Stanley Clarke announces the creation of the George Duke Keyboard Scholarship in 2019

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