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) and acclaimed as a “sophisticated" (Piedmont Post) and "Strong" (San Franciso Classical Voice) artist who is performs with "great care and expression" (SFCV), 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 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 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, Vivian Weilerstein, Steven Dibner, Alan Kay, Susan Narucki, William Sharp, 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, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of the Pacific. He serves as chamber music faculty for the undergraduate music department at Stony Brook University, 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 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
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
Friday, August 1, 2014 Schubert-Fest @ Lunchtime Trianon Series Le Petit Trianon Theatre San Jose, California with Elizabeth Dorman, Piano F. Schubert. Sonata "Arpeggione"
F. Schubert, Variations on "Trokne Blumen"
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, February 20, 2015 Masterclass @ University of the Pacific Solo Flute and Chamber Music Students of UOP click here for more info
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 view map
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)
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
Saturday, July 5, 2014 Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival: Primary Colors Canyon Wren Recital Hall Leavenworth, WA with Melissa Plagemann, Mezzo and Oksana Ezhokina, Piano Jake Heggie, The Deepest Desire for Voice, Flute, and Piano http://www.icicle.org
Friday, July 4, 2014 Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival: Musical Fireworks Snowy Owl Theater Leavenworth, WA with Oksana Ezhokina, Piano Lukas Foss, Three American Pieces for Flute and Piano http://www.icicle.org
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
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
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
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
Friday, June 13, 2014 Recital - Courtyard Revitalization Series Alum Rock United Methodist Church San Jose, CA with Margaret Halbig, Piano F. Poulenc, Sonata for Flute and Piano
F. Schubert, Sonata "Arppegione" for Flute and Piano
P. Gaubert, Sonata for Flute and Piano in A major http://www.svmusicfestival.org
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
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/