In 1980 Raymond was awarded an academic scholarship to Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where he obtained his MA. From 1985-87 he studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Since his début at London’s South Bank Centre in March 1988 he has given over 700 solo piano recitals, performing cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Prokofiev and appearing as piano soloist in over forty different works with orchestra, including:
- Rachmaninov: Third Concerto
- Bartok: Second Concerto
- Prokofiev: Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 5
- Scriabin: Prometheus
- Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie
Two of his nine commercial CDs (including a disc of the three Szymanowski sonatas) were chosen by Gramophone magazine's annual “Critics’ Choice” retrospective as being among the best releases on any label. Raymond divides his teaching time between three university music departments but his association with Bristol has been the longest, since 2001.