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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) 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

Upcoming Performances

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/
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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"


http://www.lunchtimeattrianon.org/
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Master Class @ San Diego Coastal Flutes
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Del Mar, California

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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


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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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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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Past Performances

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
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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Yuko Uebayashi
Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra
I. Lento-Allegro
LISTEN
Antonin Dvorak
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
IV. Allegro
LISTEN
Ludwig Thuille
Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op. 6
I. Allegro moderato
LISTEN
Merima Kljuco
Sevdah Songs I
III. Mujo Kuje
LISTEN
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sonata for Cello and Piano
III. Andante
LISTEN
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E-flat Major BWV 1031
I. Allegro
LISTEN
Lansing McLoskey
Requiem, v. 2.001
II. R.I.P.
LISTEN