“Luke is one of Australia’s most stunning jazz pianists, combining incisive intelligence, formidable pianism and relentless passion with a congenial manner and infectious enthusiasm for music in all its forms.”
Dr Donna Coleman
Luke studied classical piano as a child before graduating with honours from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2001 he was awarded the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship through which he studied with Paul Bley and Fred Hersch. In recent years he has opened for Benjamin Clementine and Ben Frost, and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills. Luke was twice a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and was in 2007 a finalist in the Melbourne Music Prize. He also won the 2012 Bell Award for Jazz Composition of the Year, is a frequent performer at the Melbourne Recital Centre (where he twice co-presented the Festival of Beautiful Sound), and has performed at festivals such as The Great Escape, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and Bigsound. Local artists with whom he regularly works include Ben Abraham, Nat Bartsch, Leonard Grigoryan, Lior, and Gian Slater. He is currently co-producing ‘The Final Hour’ (a work by composer Stuart Greenbaum), as well as a solo piano record for Nat Bartsch. Luke’s music has a global reach, with his composition ‘Portrait Gallery’ receiving more than 1.35 million plays on Spotify, and synchronisation licensees including the Royal Australian Navy. He has played on well over fifty recordings and has released several albums of his own (see attached discography). Luke has also written music for several short films, and played on many film scores by other composers such as Cezary Skubiszewski. His music has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, July 2013), “cinematic in its approach” (The Age, October 2009) and “a welcome balm for weary souls” (The Age, February 2009). Luke divides his time between Europe and Australia. In 2013 he released the Australian Music Prize long-listed record ‘Sun, Cloud’. Luke’s score to ‘Where Do Lilacs Come From’ won Best Music for a Short Film at the 2014 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Awards. He was a recipient of a 2015 PPCA recording grant, through which he recorded his second solo album ‘Two Places’. Other recent records include ‘Ten Sails’ (with Brooklyn-based trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis) and the photo book/EP ‘Two & One’. Luke has has works commissioned by the Grigoryan Brothers, the Hush Music Foundation, Plexus, and the City of Melbourne. He has recorded frequently at both Rainbow Studio (Oslo) and Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavík). Luke is represented by Secretly Canadian Publishing, and is an Honourary Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts – School of Contemporary Music.