About Me

Photo by Gerry Szymanski

As a guitarist, teacher, and an arranger, Ken Luk actively performs in different solo and chamber music settings. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ken studied with Dr. Nicholas Goluses and finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to his doctoral studies, Ken earned a Master of Art degree in Music Theory Pedagogy at Eastman.

As one of the cofounders of Rochester Classical Guitar, Ken organizes various events to promote classical guitar in the Greater Rochester Area. Apart from the monthly performance series, Classical Guitar Night, RCG has presented international artists such as Paul Galbraith, Raphaella Smits, and Mark Delpriora.

Ken is an avid arranger of the guitar, and was a finalist in the Roland Dyens Arranging International Competition 2017. Ken has performed with double bassist Wanling Chuang at the Experiencing Villa-Lobos Festival, WXXI’s Live from Hochstein, and Rochester Fringe Festival. As part of the Janus Duo, Ken and guitarist Tom Torrisi perform frequently around the Upstate New York area and have released their debut album in December 2020. Ken has also performed and recorded with guitarists Erik Gibelyou and Bernardo Marcondes Rodrigues as Trio Ghidorah, and released their debut album, Dances and Fantasies, in 2021. In April 2022, Ken joined the artist-led chamber music group fivebyfive as their electric guitarist.

Aside from the classical guitar, Ken cofounded the Rochester Mandolin Orchestra in February 2019 and organizes monthly meetings for mandolinists and guitarists of the Greater Rochester Area. Ken currently serves on the board of Classical Mandolin Society of America. In additional to classical music, Ken has strong interests in and frequently performs music of Brazil, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Zimbabwe.

Ken teaches guitar and mandolin at Alfred University and SUNY Geneseo, and Balinese gamelan at the Eastman Community Music School and State University of New York at Fredonia.