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.