Flautist/Composer/Arranger, Kazuyo Kuriya, started playing the piano at the age of four and in junior high school started playing the flute as a member of her school’s wind orchestra band. She studied the flute with a local university professor, Kuniko Yamaguchi, until she graduated high school.
After graduating from Kyushu Jyogakuin High School (Kumamoto, Japan), she enrolled in Musashino Academia Musicae (Tokyo, Japan) and began studying under Professor Takao Saeki. At this time, her musical career in Japan unfolded as she was selected to be a member of the Musasino Academia Musicae Symphony Orchestra.
After she acquired her BM in Western classical performance from Musashino Academica Musicae, she continued to pursue other styles of music by studying with various well-known musicians in Japan. She participated in numerous master classes with renowned flautists such as Emmanuel Pahud (principle flautist, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Davide Formisano(principle flautist, Milano), Takashi Shirao (Musasino Acadimia Musicae).
In January 2007, she enrolled in Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A) with a scholarship from the Asia World Scholarship Tour. At Berklee she studies jazz composition, arranging and performance.
She was a member of the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (Directed by Greg Hopkins), which performed with Maria Schneider (November, 2007) and McCoy Tyner in July, 2008 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
She has performed with Brazilian composer, arranger and producer, Cesar Camargo Mariano who has praised her work in performance.
She and her performing group, Ceu do Brasil (January 2009) and Kazuyo Kuriya Quintet (July, 2010/August, 2011/August, 2012) had a successful tour in Japan.
She graduated Berklee College of Music major in Jazz Composition with Toshiko Akiyoshi Award, 2010. Also, she was selected as a Jazz Revelation Records 2010 Artist.
She performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, as a member of Women of the World. She had a commissioned by National Flute AssociationFlute Big Band (Directed by Ali Ryerson), 2011. Also she is working with Boston World Flute Ensemble (Directed by Wendy Rolfe) as a flautist and composer/arranger.
Some musicians with whom she has performed include:
Cesar Camargo Mariano, Marcos Valle, Keita Ogawa, Mika Stoltzman, Poland Krakow State Philharmony, Vega String Quartet, William Ransom, Eddie Gomez, and Kazumi Watanabe .