Luke Sellick was born and raised in the rich and eclectic musical climate of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Although originally a classical pianist, Luke discovered jazz at a young age and at eleven found himself grappling with the double bass. Home schooled throughout elementary and high school, his passions included art history, wilderness canoeing, and math. His introduction to formal education didn’t come until 2008, when he enrolled in the Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.
By this time, although dreams of National Hockey League stardom were fading fast, Luke’s musical career was gaining momentum. In 2009 he was awarded the Oscar Peterson Grant for best jazz student in Canada, and was also becoming a force in Winnipeg’s folk, indie and world music scenes. At the encouragement of his teacher and mentor Steve Kirby, Luke decided to audition for The Juilliard School where he was accepted and began studies in 2012.
Luke is currently living and performing in New York, where he is completing his Master’s degree and studying with preeminent jazz bassist Ron Carter. He seeks to deepen his knowledge of the jazz tradition, while offering his own disparate influences to today’s varied musical landscape. Luke’s musical philosophy is epitomized in the words of J.S. Bach, that “the end of all music is none other than glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit”.