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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

The Musicians     Foundation:2019-20 GuideStar Platinum Seal

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #7 – Henry McDaniel IV

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Henry McDaniel IV

Almost immediately after being chosen as the winner of the 2012 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute, talented drummer Henry McDaniel IV was invited to go on tour with music legends Stanley Clarke and George Duke as a member of the Clarke/Duke Band.

With George Duke and Stanley Clarke in Tokyo

Before concluding his tenure with Clarke/Duke, Henry received the call to play for major hip hop recording artist, Big Sean.  His impressive work with Big Sean includes performances on SNL, at SXSW and the huge 2016 tour (along with The Weeknd and Travi$ Scott) featuring Rihanna for the Anti World Tour and many more.

With Big Sean

In 2019, Henry started a new music duo with his wife called The Static Quo. He currently endorses Roland, Remo, Vic Firth, and Meinl Cymbals.

Henry McDaniel IV

Henry also started his own successful clothing company Mac Bear Apparel:

Henry currently lives, plays drums and thrives in Chicago, Illinois.

Competing in 2012 for Stanley Clarke Scholarship

2019 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency for our Scholarship Programs

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #6 – Jihye Byun

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Winner of the prestigious 2015 Stanley Clarke Scholarship (and top 5 finalist in 2014) at Musicians Institute: Jihye Byun, went on to receive her Master’s Degree in jazz performance at William Paterson University in 2018 and has recently released her first album “Mai a Mi” featuring several original pieces:

Originally from South Korea, Jihye graduated from Musicians Institute in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Keyboard) degree and is currently performing a full schedule of steady jazz gigs in in South Korea. Jihye is a highly accomplished pianist, budding composer and a young talent to watch in the years ahead!

An original composition by Jihye (“Toy Store”):

With Stanley Clarke at Musicians Institute Concert Hall

In the studio

 

2019 GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency for our Scholarship Programs

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES #4 – MATEUS ASATO

 

SCHOLARSHIPS CHANGE LIVES! 

Our weekly (where are they now?) quick visits with some of our past Musicians Foundation scholarship winners continue.

Finalist/winner of the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship at Musicians Institute: Guitar superstar MATEUS ASATO has over 838,000 Instagram followers, his own signature model Suhr guitar (introduced at NAMM 2018), tours with Tori Kelly, Jessie J. (& others), and teaching international masterclasses – Mateus continues to blow the roof off venues worldwide and the internet!

Mateus Asato

More than 4 million views of this YouTube video and counting:

Recent Forbes magazine article about Mateus and his success is HERE

with Tori Kelly

Mateus teaches a Masterclass for 500 in Korea

Originally from Brazil, Asato graduated from Musicians Institute with the “2014 Outstanding Guitar Player” award. Mateus now lives in Los Angeles.

Mateus performs during the 2014 Stanley Clarke Scholarship Finals Event at MI Concert Hall