Keyboardist, Information Library Professional

Benjamin Chan, Dip ABRSM MSc MBCS MCLIP MInstLM FRSA, is a versatile keyboardist and high profile Information Library Professional.

His Bigyellowband featured on the BBC website released a single in 2006 on I-Tunes and was keyboardist with the Top Hat Band, one of Bride magazine's best wedding bands in the UK in 2007. Ben also designs his own shirts for his gigs! Within his profession, Ben was one of the youngest to be admitted into the Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals Professional Achievements Register and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and receives the prestigious Freedom of the City of London in the Summer of 2009.

Ben showed early promise in music at his jesuit St. Ignatius preparatory school in San Francisco performing for Nobel Prize winners for the California Academy of Sciences earning the school's music award and the prestigious Bank of America Music Achievement Award in 1992 and subsequently also gained lifetime membership of the California Scholarship Federation.

Since 1998, Ben has performed with his band and as a pianist in his native UK playing in central London venues ranging from the Metro Bar on Oxford Street, the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, to the CC Club in Piccadilly and Royal Opera House' Linbury Studios to audiences as large as 500. His Bigyellowband has been interviewed and played on radio stations in London, Newcastle and Manchester. Ben played the organ for the Pope's ambassador to the UK at his local church, participated in the London City Showcase festival in 2006.

Besides having a serious hobby in music, professionally speaking, Ben was honoured to be the first British Chinese to be profiled in the Chartered Institute of Library Information Professionals members' magazine. (an honour shared with the heads of the British Library and National Archives) One of Ben's projects was shortlisted as a finalist for an International Information Industry Award; category – Innovation in Knowledge Management. Additionally, Ben was the 2008 recipient of the Aerospace & Defence Librarians Group (ADLG) bursary award to attend the Special Libraries Association's (SLA) Conference in Seattle.

Ben regularly and enthusiastically shares his knowledge and skills of best practice within the profession. Ben has published articles on the creative potential for new services utilizing IT such as collaborative working using Microsoft Sharepoint, 24 Hour Reference Services, the use of Facebook for librarians and an original piece analysing the knowledge benefits of Chinese Guanxi (relations) for competitive Business for the respected international journal, Business Information Review. He has organized and chaired numerous well attended professional seminars and workshops, in conjunction with institutions like PricewaterhouseCoopers and the British Library. He is in demand as a speaker, speaking at the world reknown Online Information Conference at Kensington Olympia in 2006 alongside industry experts, and has been selected (was selected) to be a panelist at the Government Librarians Information Group AGM in June 2008.

Ben has been a consistent leader in the community. Whilst a student, he helped found the University of California, Berkeley Chinese Student Organization actively raising funds for charities and leading projects in community service. In London, he served as Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair of the London Lambeth Chinese Community Association, and as a sessional youth worker for London's Chinatown Community Centre. Ben founded the City of Westminster Mayfair Library's Under Fives' Reading Group. Ben was selected as a core member of the all party Integration of British Chinese into Politics project in 2007 representing the group speaking alongside David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party at a function in Birmingham.

He is a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstILM),  a Chartered Information Library Professional (MCLIP), a professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and is a Freeman of the City of London. Ben will be featured on BBC Radio 4 on a music documentary on the 8th June  "Chopstix at Dawn, " which explores Chinese musical Cliches and Ben demonstrates his unique keyboard fusion of Chinese and Western musical elements.

In 2009 Ben performed at the Treasury Churchil Rooms, and the stately home Burgh House in Hampstead, the Bluthner Piano Centre. Ben performs frequently at music festivals at the North London, Croydon, Sutton where he was commended for his romantic period pianism in 2009 and won 2nd Prize in the Senior recitalist division the following year.

In 2010, Ben won the popular vote as a finalist in the the Kemble Chopin E-Competition, which was judged by the then head of the Royal Academy of Music's Keyboard head Christopher Elton and International Chopin Piano Competition prizewinner Kevin Kenner. He debuted his first solo piano recital at the Streatham Festival acclaimed as a "superb performance which left the audience spellbound". Ben's keyboard skills and discussion of keyboards fusing Chinese and Western elements was featured on BBC Radio 4 music documentary "Chopsticks at Dawn" in June, 2010. He returned by popular demand to perform for BBC Children in Need at the Treasury Churchill Rooms in 2010. He closed the year performing Christmas songs on the piano in the presence of MP Chuka Umunna.

In 2011, Ben's recital performance was graded a 'distinction' at the Croydon Music Festival ajudicated by the Royal College of Music's Keyboard Head Vanessa Latarche. Ben's original piano composition was featured in a video about London's Walthamstow Vilage, which also featured on the WalthamstowVillage website. Ben was interviewed and performed for a 2012 Korean TV documentary on Broadwood pianos at the Finchcock's Keyboard Museum. Ben currently studies advanced piano repertoire with international concert pianist Qian Wu, winner of the 2011 Trio di Trieste Competition, who has performed in Wigmore and Carnegie Hall. Ben had the honour of performing for the Lord Mayor of London in May, 2012. Another highlight for 2012, Ben's Piano Sage blog reached a massive audience: averaging nearly 7,000 page views per month.

Ben coaches his eldest daughter, age 6 for her Grade 3 Piano exam (and Grade 1 Violin) this summer.

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Updated on 03 March, 2009


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That is one impressive bio/history/resume sir!

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