Known for his relaxed feel and commanding sound, Lucian Gray is a virtuosic young guitarist with a deep respect for the jazz tradition.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Lucian Gray was born into a musical family. His father is one of Canada’s foremost trumpet players, and his mother the head of her own music school. He started playing the piano at the age of 4.
Upon entering high school, Lucian decided to pick up the guitar and played in various rock and fusion groups throughout his teens. After being introduced to the music of Wes Montgomery, he decided he wanted to be a jazz guitarist.
In 2008, Lucian was awarded the Slaight Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Performance. During his time at Berklee, Lucian studied with guitar guru Mick Goodrick.
In 2009, Lucian was awarded the Rising Young Star at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.
In 2015, Lucian entered the first Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition and was one of five finalists selected to perform at the culminating concert of the competition.
Lucian is currently active in the Toronto jazz scene, performing with his own group and as a sideman, as well as teaching privately.
Lucian plays a custom Benedetto Americana.
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