The Renowned Australia based Flautist, Masahide Kurita, was born in Utsunomiya, Japan in 1973. He started his musical education at the age of five and debuted as soloist on the flute when he was eleven, going on to win first prize in the Tochigi Prefecture Music completion 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.
Masahide also attended lessons and master classes in the U.S.A., Switzerland, and the United Kingdom with influential and highly respected Flautists such as Sir James Galway, Jacob Berg, and Wolfgang Schultz. After completing his studies in Tokyo Masahide began a two year Diploma of Performance 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 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.
Masahide Kurita is currently working as casual at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“Morlacchi’s Il Pastore Svizzero enabled us to appreciate Kurita’s virtuosic technique.” -The Age-
“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-
Earth for flute and piano by T.Muramatsu
Regrets and Resolutions by G. Schocker