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Masahide Kurita  
Music/Sound   (VIC)
The Renowned Australia based Flautist, Masahide Kurita, was born in Utsunomiya, Japan. He started his musical education at the age of 5 and debuted as soloist on the flute when he was 12, going on to win first prize in the Tochigi Prefecture Music competition at the age of 14.

Masahide won first prize in the prestigious "All Japan Student Music Competition" in Tokyo in 1992, and in the same year went on to study at Japan’s internationally renowned Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. After his studies in Tokyo, Masahide began a two year training for soloist at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Masahide Kurita has taken lessons and master classes with Sir James Galway in Japan, the United States, and Switzerland. His meeting and subsequent lessons with Sir James Galway have been fundamental in shaping his artistic tone development, outstanding technical virtuosity and ultimately realizing the immense potential of his sensitive and profound musicality.

Masahide regularly gives recitals in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and Japan to sell-out audiences in major concert halls and performance venues. He has performed to critical and popular acclaim as soloist with the Tochigi Symphony Orchestra, The Hikarigaoka Chamber Orchestra and the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra.

Masahide Kurita cultivates and performs an extensive repertoire covering many of the seminal works composed for his instrument from the baroque to the present day. his highly polished technique and rich tone, depth and clarity of musical expression, as well as his delicately nuanced attention to detail give his music-making a rare honesty, beauty and flavour unlike other flautists. He is currently working as a casual with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

"Masahide Kurita whose body language, tone and crowd pleasing warmth showed the influence of teacher and mentor James Galway." -Sunday Herald Sun-

"Many have likened Masahide Kurita's tone to that of Galway"-Herald Sun-

"Morlacchi's Il Pastore Svizzero enabled us to appreciate Kurita's virtuosic technique." -The Age
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