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Ray Furuta
July 28, 2014Joining New Festival RosterRay Furuta is joining the roster of Las Vegas' new music festival - "Las Vegas Wine & Music Festival", directed by pianist, Alexandria Le. Colleauges Alan Kay, Frank Morelli, Pedro Diaz, Carol Wincenc, and Katherine Dowling also join the inaugural roster!click here for more info
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" (Piedmont Post) and "Strong" (San Franciso Classical Voice) artist who is performs with "great care and expression" (SFCV), and recently named a Cultural Ambassador for the United States by Sister Cities International, flutist, 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 performed for the Banff Centre, Icicle Creek, Sarasota, Long Beach, 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, 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, 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, Stacy Garrop, David Cutler, Lansing McLosky, Alex Mincek, Laura Elise Schwendinger and Yuko Uebayashi.

In high demand as a teacher, Ray Furuta is 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, Gettysburg College - Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of the Pacific. He serves as chamber music faculty for the undergraduate music department at Stony Brook University and serves as Artistic Faculty for the Silicon Valley Music Festival and Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute and Festival, and San Diego Coastal Flutes Summer Masterclass. He has also sat on the juries of several regional New York based solo and chamber music competitions.

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

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

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/
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Friday, January 30, 2015
Residency @ State University of New York - Albany
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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Residency at California State University, Long Beach
Bob Cole Conservatory @ CSULB
Long Beach, CA
Master Class and Recital
Repertoire TBD
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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
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Thursday, April 9, 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/
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Providence Premieres
with Merima Kljuco
Premieres for Duo Cassotto
http://www.providencepremieres.org/

Past Performances

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
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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

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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Paul Taffanel
Fantaisie sur le Freischutz
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Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Flute in G minor "La Notte"
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Yuko Uebayashi
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
I. Lento-Allegro
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Paul Schoenfield
Flute Concerto (Klezmer Rondos)
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Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
IV. Von der Schönheit
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Antonin Dvorak
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
IV. Allegro
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Francis Poulenc
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano FP 43 (arr. Furuta)
I. Presto
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E-flat Major BWV 1031
I. Allegro
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Merima Kljuco
Sevdah Songs I
III. Mujo Kuje
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Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sonata for Cello and Piano (arr. Furuta)
III. Andante
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Lansing McLoskey
Requiem, v. 2.001
II. R.I.P.
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