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Ray Furuta
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).
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), 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, 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

Past Performances

Saturday, April 25, 2015
SVMF VIP Event
with Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, Cello and Mikael Darmanie, Piano
Mendelssohn, Trio in C minor (arr. Ray Furuta)
http://www.svmusicfestival.org
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Baroque Sunday's at 3
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, NY
G.P. Telemann, Paris Quartet in D major
https://www.staller.sunysb.edu/
Sunday, April 12, 2015
North Shore Pro Musica Series
Long Island Museum
Stony Brook, NY
with Manhattan Wind Quintet and Terry Keevil, Oboe
C. Nielsen, Wind Quintet
S. Barber, Summer Music
D. Moore, Wind Quintet

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Providence Premieres
with Merima Kljuco
Premieres for Duo Cassotto
http://www.providencepremieres.org/
Friday, April 10, 2015
Providence Premieres
with Merima Kljuco
Premieres for Duo Cassotto
http://www.providencepremieres.org/
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Providence Premieres
with Merima Kljuco
Premieres for Duo Cassotto
http://www.providencepremieres.org/
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
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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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Friday, January 30, 2015
Residency @ SUNY Albany
New Music and Culture Symposium
Albany, NY
World Premieres
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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
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Saturday, October 25, 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
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Friday, October 24, 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
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Solo Recital
Staller Center for the Arts
Stony Brook, New York
with Hsin-Chiao Liao, Amr Selim, and Seba Ali
A. Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor, "La Notte"
P. Taffanel: Fantaisie on "Der Freischutz"
J. Brahms: Horn Trio

https://www.staller.sunysb.edu/index.html
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Master Class - San Diego Coastal Flutes
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Del Mar, California
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

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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
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For booking and teaching inquires, please contact Ray Furuta at:
ray@rayfuruta.com
C.P.E. Bach
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D minor, I. Allegro
with Stony Brook Symphony
LISTEN
Yuko Uebayashi
Au-del du temps, III. La Lumiere blanche
With Carol Wincenc & Michelle Cann
LISTEN
Paul Taffanel
Fantaisie sur le Freischutz
With Hsin-Chiao Liao
LISTEN
Paul Schoenfield
Flute Concerto (Klezmer Rondos)
LISTEN
Yuko Uebayashi
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
I. Lento-Allegro
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Francis Poulenc
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano FP 43 (arr. Furuta), I. Presto
With Steven Dibner & Qing Jiang
LISTEN
Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
IV. Von der Schönheit
LISTEN
Antonin Dvorak
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, IV. Finale. Allegro
With Mark Hill, Alan Kay, Carolyn Lockhart, Ann Ellsworth
LISTEN
Merima Kljuco
Sevdah Songs I
III. Mujo Kuje
LISTEN
Lansing McLoskey
Requiem, v. 2.001
II. R.I.P.
LISTEN