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.
He was a prizewinner of the 2010 and 2012 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition, the 2008 Long Beach Mozart Festival Competition, the 2008 San Diego Flute Guild Competition, and the 2007 UCSB Concerto Competition.
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. He is a founding member of Audacia New Music Ensemble, which will give their debut in the 2014-15 concert season.
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 Wincenc
Richard Scheinin San Jose Mercury News
Adam Broner The Piedmont Post
performs [with pianist, Michelle Cann] with great care and expression
David Bratman San Francisco Classical Voice
One of the most talented young musicians
Philip Setzer Emerson String Quartet
A dynamic player whose artistic statement is powerful... having mastered the cornerstones of the flute repertoire with ease and deft virtuosity
Carol Wincenc The Juilliard School
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Sonate pour flute et piano
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op. 6
I. Allegro moderatoLISTEN
Sevdah Songs I
III. Mujo KujeLISTEN
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E-flat Major BWV 1031
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Requiem, v. 2.001
Requiem, v. 2.001