Japanese-born, Australian-based flautist Masahide Kurita won first prize in the prestigious All Japan Student Music Competition in Tokyo in 1992, studied at the renowned Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. He 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, USA and Japan to sell-out audiences in major concert halls and performance venues. He has performed to critical and popular acclaim as soloist with orchestra in Japan. 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 whose body language, tone and crowd pleasing warmth showed the influence of teacher and mentor Sir James Galway." -Sunday Herald Sun-
“Kurita’s flute sound was impressive, captivating and quite awe-inspiring. His solo melodic themes were pure gold. strongly expressive and comforting. - Classic Melbourne-