In November 2000, British explorer John Blashford Snell, wishing to fulfill the desire of the Waiwai people for a keyboard instrument, transported a grand piano to their village deep in the rainforest of Guyana. Since then, the piano has remained largely unused in a corner of the village church. In May 2002, Guyanese filmmaker and cultural activist, Michael Gilkes led a team, which included acclaimed concert pianist Ray Luck, piano technician Remington Ally and the Banyan crew, to join the Waiwai in a concert of song and music.

Dr. Luck Meets with Guyana’s Ministry of Education

Ray Luck Records Florent Schmitt’s Scherzo

Press Release – Embassy of the United States, Georgetown, Guyana

An Outstanding Performance by One of Guyana’s Most Talented Sons

Dr. Luck in Concert with UWI Ensemble

A Tale of Two Pianos

Georgetown City Hall Wikipedia Page

Historic Kenwood Artist Enclave

Concert in the Rainforest

‘Scenes from a Life of Music’ by Ray Luck, from Cane Rovers: Stories of the Chinese-Guyanese Diaspora by Trev Sue-A-Quan
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Guyanese Achievers USA & Canada: A Celebration by Vidur Dindayal
Available on Google Books and

Credits and attributions for photos/videos appearing on this website:

  • Photos of Ray are by Parker Michels-Boyce
  • St Lucia Belargo photos are by John Paul Bailey of Windward Pianos
  • Video clip from Concert in the Rainforest is by Banyan Ltd,

11 February 2017

Piano Master Class
Grande Hall, Yamaha Piano Distributors
6170 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

Auditors – the class is open to the public, free admission, and without reservation. Performers (upper intermediate and advanced levels) may apply to participate. Email for program, confirmation of times, and performer’s fee.


13 March 2017

Lecture – Recital (closed event)
Greater Pinellas Music Teachers Association
The Music Gallery, 990 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

GPMTA is an affiliate of the Florida Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Visit for membership details.


23 – 28 July 2017

Summer Piano Course for Advanced Beginners
Belargo Park, Cap Estate, St Lucia

The St Lucia Summer Piano Course for Advanced Amateurs provides an ideal opportunity for you to benefit from goal-oriented piano lessons with Ray Luck in a relaxed and idyllic tropical setting. Click here for more details.


10 October 2017

Visiting Artist at Lynchburg College
Elliot & Rosel Schewel Hall
1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia

Piano Recital by Ray Luck and Master Classes — open to the public. For details, contact Music Department, Lynchburg College, VA or visit

To cap his high school years in Georgetown, Guyana, Ray gained the Fellowship diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London, before opting to continue music study at the Royal College of Music in London. There he completed with honors both the B.Mus degree from London University and the College’s Associate Piano Teaching Diploma before going to study at the Paris Conservatoire on a French Government scholarship. As a first-year student in the class of Yvonne Lefébure, he had the distinction of winning the Premier Prix in Piano and Premier Prix in Chamber Music.

Back in London, a bursary from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to devote a year studying Classical-period repertoire with the British pianist, Denis Matthews, before enrolling in the graduate program at Indiana University at Bloomington. At IU, he received the D.Mus degree with high distinction under the tutelage of Hungarian pianist, György Sebök.

For many years, Ray served as a music adjudicator for music festivals worldwide including Hong Kong, across Canada’s major cities from St. John’s, NL to Vancouver, BC, and throughout the Caribbean from Guyana to Jamaica. As a visiting artist, he has taught at universities and music schools—from Barbados to Bulgaria—and conducted numerous workshops in piano performance and instruction.

Ray is a member of the executive board of the Greater Pinellas Music Teachers Association in St Petersburg FL where he lectures, offers master classes, and participates in the chapter’s events that benefit local students and teachers.

For additional biographical information see About Ray.