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Ray Furuta

Ray Furuta
Flute & Music at Noon
Hailed as "The Rockstar of the Flute" (Informador de Guadalajara) and praised for “Sophisticated” (San Francisco Classical Voice) performances, Ray Furuta has established a reputation as “one of today’s top young concert artists” (Del Mar Times). 

Officiated as a cultural ambassador to the U.S. in 2014, Furuta has performed and taught worldwide. He has been a featured artist for the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miami Chamber Music Society, Juilliard School, United Nations and the Mainly Mozart, Yellow Barn, Banff, Sarasota, and Icicle Creek Music Festivals to name only a few. He has soloed with top ensembles across the globe, specializing in the contemporary concerti of Paul Schoenfield, Brett Dean, and Yuko Uebayashi. Following the U.S. Premiere of the Uebayashi Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, the San Jose Mercury News proclaimed Ray Furuta "The protégé of the great flutist, Carol Wincenc."

As a dedicated chamber musician, he is the Artistic Director and Founder of Chamber Music Silicon Valley and is an artist-member of the Common Sounds Project, a multi-genre ensemble of western classical and world music. In addition, he has established duos with Bridget Kibbey, Merima Kljuco (Duo Cassotto), and Carol Wincenc (Burkart Duo) and has collaborated with renowned artists including Jon Nakamatsu, Peter Frankl, The Weilersteins, and members of the Kronos, Avalon, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Emerson String Quartets. 
 
As a powerful teaching artist, Furuta is the Professor of Flute at Santa Clara University and is the primary mentor for Chamber Music Silicon Valley's Stand-alone Young Artist Program. He has given master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, New York University, University of Victoria, Gettysburg College, Lebanese American University of Beirut, among others. He also regularly serves on the faculties of Orquestra Sinfonica Juvenil de Guadalajara, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and Imagine Arts Seminar in Beirut, Lebanon 
 
As a recipient of the infamous Staller Scholar Award and honored as a distinguished alumnus in 2016, Furuta earned is Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Stony Brook University where he was a pupil of Carol Wincenc and the Emerson String Quartet. His other mentors include flutists Isabelle Chapuis and Jill Felber, harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and pianist Wu Han.