DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2009 Grant Recipient
Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance
Nineteen-year-old Luke Sellick is a double bassist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He will enter the second year of a Bachelor of Jazz Studies program at the University of Manitoba in the spring of 2009.
Luke has performed with many jazz bands including numerous private and public performances with Winnipeg musicians and at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. He won the CanWest Jazz Scholarship three years in a row ( 2005-2007) and four awards in 2008 - Cool FM Jazz Major Scholarship, Starbucks Scholarship for the Most Promising New Jazz Student, EMMC Higher Education Bursary and the Gron Morgan Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
Joan Linklater, Associate Dean, Marcel. A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba says of Luke "This straight A+ performance is unprecedented in my experience at the Faculty of Music and is an extraordinary testimony to Luke's academic achievement and musical accomplishments". Says Professor Steve Kirby, Director of Jazz Studies "Luke Sellick is the most excellent candidate I've seen to date because of his talent, vision, work ethic, character, humility and outgoing personality. Luke is an individual that embodies the characteristics commensurate with an award of this magnitude."
The Hnatyshyn Foundation jazz jury, composed of David Braid, Roddy Ellias and Ian McDougall, were impressed with Luke's strong performance. "Good intonation and command of the instrument. Nice sense of phrasing, good tone production even in challenging pieces. Very talented."