June 11, 2014Cultural DiplomacyRay Furuta was named a Cultural Ambassador with Pianist, Jon Nakamatsu by Sister Cities International.click here for more info
July 16, 2013Faculty PositionsRay Furuta joins the Artistic Faculty of the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Leavenworth, WA (July 7 - 21) and the San Diego Coastal Flutes Summer Masterclass in San Diego, CA (August 5 - 10).
Hailed as “the protégé of the great flutist, Carol Wincenc” (San Jose Mercury News), acclaimed as a “sophisticated" (Repeat Performances) artist who is performs with "great care and expression" and a "strong and attractive" (San Francisco Classical Voice) bravura, flutist Ray Furuta has established a reputation as "one of the nation's top emerging young concert artists" (Carmel Valley News, San Diego).
Recently appointed as a cultural ambassador to the United States of America by Sister Cities International and a two-time featured musician for the United Nations in New York City, Ray Furuta has toured as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in many countries including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Austria, Czech-Republic, Poland, Hungary and throughout the U.S. – performing at renowned venues including The Kauffman Center: Merkin Hall, Symphony Space NYC, The Staller Center for the Arts, The Liszt Academy of Music, Chopin Conservatory, and Dvorák Hall. He has appeared on the artist rosters of many celebrated festivals including the Banff Centre, Icicle Creek, Sarasota, Long Beach, French Classical Music, Las Vegas Music & Wine and Yellow Barn Music Festivals. He has been a featured soloist with many ensembles including the San Jose Mission Chamber Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony, the New York Contemporary Chamber Players; specializing in a wide range of concerti from the virtuosic concerti by Vivaldi to the contemporary concerti by Yuko Uebayashi, Brett Dean (Siduri Dances), and Paul Schoenfield (Klezmer Rondos).
Dedicated to chamber music, he is the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. He is the flutist with dynamic trio “Son à Trois”; “Duo Cassotto” with Bosnian accordionist, Merima Kljuco; the "Wincenc/Furuta" duo with flutist Carol Wincenc and also regularly collaborates with such luminaries as Peter Frankl, Jon Nakamatsu, Christina Dahl, Steven Dibner, Alan Kay, Susan Narucki, William Sharp, The Weilersteins, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Trio, and Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Takacs, Kronos, Avalon, and Emerson String Quartets.
As an avid contemporary musician, he has collaborated with and premiered works by many composers including Ken Ueno, Brett Dean, Du Yun, Andy Akiho, Mark Applebaum, Stacy Garrop, David Cutler, Lansing McLosky, Alex Mincek, Laura Elise Schwendinger and Yuko Uebayashi. He can be heard on the premiere recordings of Mark Applebaum and Lansing McLosky through Albany Records.
In high demand as a teacher, Ray Furuta was the hand selected teaching assistant to the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet and has given masterclasses and held residencies at institutions including San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, San Jose State University, Gettysburg College, University of Victoria (BC), California State University at Long Beach, SUNY Albany, New York University, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of the Pacific. He is currently an artistic faculty member for Chamber Music Silicon Valley's Young Artist and Adult Amateu Programs, the Silicon Valley Music Festival and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute. For three years he served as flute and chamber music faculty for the undergraduate music department at Stony Brook University and was a frequent guest faculty at the San Diego Coastal Flutes Summer Masterclass.
Ray Furuta holds his doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University where he was a pupil of Carol Wincenc and the Emerson String Quartet. His other important mentors including flutists Jill Felber, Isabelle Chapuis, and Elena Yarritu; harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and pianist Wu Han.
One of the nation's top emerging young concert artists.Carmel Valley News, San Diego
The protégé of the great flutist, Carol WincencRichard ScheininSan Jose Mercury News
SophisticatedAdam BronerThe Piedmont Post
performs [with pianist, Michelle Cann] with great care and expressionDavid BratmanSan Francisco Classical Voice
One of the most talented young musiciansPhilip SetzerEmerson String Quartet
A dynamic player whose artistic statement is powerful... having mastered the cornerstones of the flute repertoire with ease and deft virtuosityCarol WincencThe Juilliard School
Friday, December 4, 2015 CMSV Launch Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA with Christina Dahl (Piano), Jonah Kim (Cello), and Carol Wincenc (Flute) Beethoven, Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in F
Uebayashi, Au-dela du temps for Two Flutes and Piano
Bolcom, Graceful Ghost Rag
Weber, Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano
Sunday, March 6, 2016 North Shore Pro Musica Long Island Museum Stony Brook, NY with Terry Keevil (Oboe) and Dimitri Dover (Piano) Dring, Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Schubert, Introduction and Variations on Trokne Blumen
Saturday, April 9, 2016 Son à Trois Recital Son à Trois: Ray Furuta (Flute), Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir (Cello), and Katherine Dowling (Piano) Haydn, Piano Trio in G major "Gypsy"
Beethoven, Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70 No. 2
Crumb, Vox Balanae
Saturday, March 28, 2015 C.P.E. Bach D minor Flute Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook, New York C.P.E. Bach, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D minor
to be performed "Orpheus Style" (conductorless) https://www.staller.sunysb.edu/index.html
Friday, March 27, 2015 Solo Recital Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook, New York With Carol Wincenc, Flute & Michelle Cann, Piano P. Schoenfield, Slovakian Children's Songs
P. Gaubert, Sonata in A major
F. Schubert, Introduction and Variations on 'Trokne Blumen'
Y. Uebayashi, Au-dela du temps https://www.staller.sunysb.edu/index.html
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Masterclass and Recital at Bellport High School Bellport High School with Michelle Cann, Piano P. Gaubert, Sonata in A major
P. Schoenfield, Slovakian Children's Songs
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Recital with Carol Wincenc The Japanese Embassy New York, NY Sponsored by the Juilliard School Y. Uebayashi, Au-dela du temps
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Residency at California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory @ CSULB Long Beach, CA Master Class and Recital Repertoire TBD
Saturday, February 21, 2015 Uebayashi Flute Concerto with UOP Symphony Orchestra Faye Spanos Concert Hall Stockton, California Yuko Uebayashi, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra click here for more info
Friday, February 20, 2015 Masterclass - University of the Pacific Solo Flute and Chamber Music Students of UOP click here for more info
Friday, January 30, 2015 Residency @ SUNY Albany New Music and Culture Symposium Albany, NY World Premieres click here for more info
Sunday, January 18, 2015 The Complete Bach Flute Sonatas @ Concerts at 3 Bethany Lutheran Church Naperville, IL With Erin Hanke, Harpsichord The Complete Bach Flute Sonatas. BWVs 1030-1035, 1020 http://www.concertsat3.org/
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Lecture on The Phenomenological Approach to Musical Analysis "The Phenomenological Experience of George Crumb: Voice of the Whale"
Friday, November 14, 2014 Premieres! Roulette New York, NY 10013 Premiering a work by Mark Applebaum http://roulette.org/
Sunday, November 9, 2014 Guest Artist - New York University (NYU) NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts New York, NY
Sunday, November 2, 2014 Guest Artist - San Francisco Flute Festival Valley Christian School - Conservatory of Music San Jose, CA 95111 G.P. Telemann, Fantasia No. 2 in A minor
A. Piazzolla, Tango Etude No. 3 http://sfflutefestival.com/
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Chamber Music Coaching @ San Jose State University San Jose State University San Jose, CA
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Residency - Gettysburg College Sunderman Conservatory of Music Gettysburg, PA 17325 Performing: Philippe Hurel, ... A mesure and Steve Reich, Double Sextet Master Classes, Coachings, and Concerts click here for more info
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Recital - San Diego Coastal Flutes St. Peter's Episcopal Church Del Mar, California P. Gaubert, Sonata for Flute in A major
P. Schoenfield, Slovakian Children Songs
Y. Uebayashi, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Master Class - San Diego Coastal Flutes St. Peter's Episcopal Church Del Mar, California
Friday, August 1, 2014 Side-by-Side with Dionne Warwick San Jose Center for Performing Arts San Jose, California Various Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach Songs http://www.lunchtimeattrianon.org/
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival: Primary Colors Canyon Wren Recital Hall Leavenworth, WA with the Avalon String Quartet Yuko Uebayashi, Misericordia for Flute and String Quartet http://www.icicle.org
Sunday, June 22, 2014 Masterclass @ Silicon Valley Music Festival San Jose Fairmont Hotel - Glenn Ellen Room San Jose, California http://www.svmusicfestival.org
Saturday, June 21, 2014 Soyokaze Trio in San Jose JTS Northside Community Center San Jose, California with Ayako Oshima, Clarinet and Jasmin Arakawa, Piano Japanese Folk Songs
J. Brahms, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Y. Uebayashi, Sonata for Flute and Piano
M. Webster, Sonata Cho-Cho San for Flute Clarinet and Piano
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Soloist with San Jose Mission Chamber Orchestra Le Petit Trianon Theater San Jose, CA San Jose Mission Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Emily Ray C.P.E. Bach, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D minor
George Hue, Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra http://www.missionchamber.org
Friday, April 11, 2014 Sonic Spring Electronic Music Concert Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook, New York World Premier of Daria Semegen, Bargello for Solo Flute http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/
Saturday, March 29, 2014 Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra Staller Center for the Arts Stony Brook, New York Principal Flute: Claude Debussy, Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/
Saturday, February 8, 2014 The Bach Flute Sonatas First Lutheran Church of Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA with Arthur Haas, Harpsichord The entire series of Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach http://www.svmusicfestival.org
Saturday, January 25, 2014 IHS Benefit Concert Independence High School Concert Hall San Jose, CA In benefit for the Independence HIgh School Music Program and the Silicon Valley Music Festival Mike Mower, Concerto for Flute and Band http://www.svmusicfestival.org