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Ray Furuta
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).
July 15, 2013Another review from the 2013 Silicon Valley Music Festival!click here for more info
June 18, 2013Review from the 2013 Silicon Valley Music Festival!click here for more info
Hailed as “the protégé of the great flutist, Carol Wincenc” (San Jose Mercury News) and acclaimed as a “sophisticated" (Piedmont Post) artist who performs with "great care and expression" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Ray Furuta has established a reputation as "one of the nation's top emerging young concert artists" (Carmel Valley News, San Diego).

In addition to performances throughout the United States, Ray Furuta has toured as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher in many countries including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Austria, Czech-Republic, Poland and Hungary – frequently 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 been a performing artist for the Banff Centre, Icicle Creek, Sarasota, Long Beach, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals and has been a featured soloist with the San Jose Mission Chamber Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony, the Contemporary Chamber Players and at the Icicle Creek, Long Beach, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals.

Dedicated to chamber music, Ray Furuta is the artistic director of the Silicon Valley Music Festival and Chamber Music Institute in San Jose, California. He is the flutist with the dynamic trio, “Son à Trois”, the new “Duo Cassotto” with Bosnian accordionist, Merima Kljuco, and regularly collaborates with such luminaries as Peter Frankl, Jon Nakamatsu, Christina Dahl, Vivian Weilerstein, Steven Dibner, Alan Kay, Susan Narucki, William Sharp, and members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Trio, and Mendelssohn, Takacs, 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, Stacy Garrop, David Cutler, Lansing McLosky, Alex Mincek, Laura Elise Schwendinger and Yuko Uebayashi.

In high demand as a teacher, Ray Furuta is the 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, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of the Pacific. He serves as chamber music faculty for Stony Brook University (Undergraduate Department), the Silicon Valley Music Festival and recently joined the Artistic Faculty of Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute and San Diego Coastal Flutes Summer Masterclass.

His principal teachers are Carol Wincenc, Jill Felber, Isabelle Chapuis, and Elena Yarritu. Other important mentors are violinist, Philip Setzer, harpsichordist, Arthur Haas, and pianist, Gilbert Kalish.





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

Upcoming Performances

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
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Silicon Valley Music Festival: EuroFolk
Le Petit Trianon Theater
San Jose, CA
Claude Debussy, Sonate pour Flute, Alto, et Harpe
Johann Strauss II, Kaiserwalzer (Arr. A. Schoenberg)


http://www.svmusicfestival.org
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Friday, June 27, 2014
Silicon Valley Music Festival: American Folk
Le Petit Trianon Theater
San Jose, CA
Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring for 13 Players

http://www.svmusicfestival.org
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Silicon Valley Music Festival: Folksongs of the World
ZERO1 Garage
San Jose, California
Toshio Hosokawa, Two Japanese Folk Songs for Flute and Accordion
Luciano Berio, Folk Songs
Osvaldo Golijov, Ayre


http://www.svmusicfestival.org
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Friday, February 20, 2015
Masterclass @ University of the Pacific
Solo Flute and Chamber Music Students of UOP
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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Uebayashi Flute Concerto with UOP Symphony Orchestra
Faye Spanos Concert Hall
Stockton, California
Yuko Uebayashi, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
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Past Performances

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Baroque Sundays @ 3
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, New York
Vivaldi, Flute Concerto "La Notte"
http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/
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/
Sunday, March 2, 2014
North Shore Pro Musica
Ward Melville Cultural Center
Stony Brook, NY
http://www.northshorepromusica.org
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
Friday, January 24, 2014
SVMF Artist Showcase
Alum Rock United Methodist Church
San Jose, CA
with Amr Selim, Horn and Seba Ali, Piano
F. Schubert, Auf dem strom; J. Brahms, Horn Trio
http://www.svmusicfestival.org
Wednesday, December 10, 2013
The Bach Flute Sonatas
Charles B. Wang Center - Chapel
Stony Brook, NY
with Stephen Gamboa, Harpsichord
The entire series of Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach
http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/music/
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Duo CassottoRay Furuta, Flute & Merima Kljuco, Accordionhttp://www.facebook.com/duocassotto
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For booking and teaching inquires, please contact Ray Furuta at:
ray@rayfuruta.com
Yuko Uebayashi
Sonate pour flute et piano
III. Calmato
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Yuko Uebayashi
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
I. Lento-Allegro
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Ludwig Thuille
Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op. 6
I. Allegro moderato
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Merima Kljuco
Sevdah Songs I
III. Mujo Kuje
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E-flat Major BWV 1031
I. Allegro
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Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sonata for Cello and Piano
III. Andante
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Lansing McLoskey
Requiem, v. 2.001
I. Introit
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Lansing McLoskey
Requiem, v. 2.001
II. R.I.P.
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