Ben Collins - Pianist / Keyboardist | Victoria, British Columbia
Based In: Victoria, British Columbia
My services range from playing easy listening songs of many eras that will surprise with you with lots of nostalgia, to personal music quizzes where I play a short song and see if you can guess the name of it. You can also challenge my repertoire and ask me if I know a specific song.
Way too many to mention here, since I currently know 1500+ songs. I prefer to play songs I know at random depending on the mood and setting, unless a specific song is requested.
Hi! My name’s Ben, and I’m a 24 year old self taught piano player, specialising in Pop and Jazz music. I’ve been playing for 8 years, acquired my Diploma in Music Performance, and enjoy transcribing / arranging as many songs as possible. I will normally perform random songs that best suit the environment, but don’t be afraid to ask for requests, no matter how uncommon the song is!
My experience started at 18, where I performed at small restaurants and on public pianos. My most enjoyable performance was when I performed for the grand reopening of a senior care home, and the piano was festooned with Elton John decorations. I met the Archbishop of British Columbia, and played only Elton John songs for 2 hours straight! I learnt how to play 12 of his songs just for this event.
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Meet the Act
I got started as a 17 year old when someone did a perfect pitch test on me. As a result, I realised that I must take advantage of such a gift; so I began to teach myself piano. Within 3 years I had began my music diploma, and had accomplished my RCM Grade 8 in flying colours. I then spent the next 5 years refining my craft, doing assignments and increasing my repertoire as high as humanly possible.
One interesting fact about me is that my dream was to be a part of eSports, an online gaming competition with millions of dollars as its prize pool. I almost managed it too, and learned a lot abo ... ut communication and leadership as a result - but alas it was not meant to be, and decided to put my education first. As a result I still enjoy playing video games to this day albeit more casually now, and can even perform some songs from their soundtracks!
Lastly I have a British accent - sadly it didn’t help me get a girlfriend, haha!
Virtual Services Offer
Online Piano Lessons
I can teach you everything I know - mainly Pop/Jazz by ear - at $25 CAD every 30 minutes or $40 CAD every 1 hour. It will be done over Zoom.
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