Asako Furuoya Principal - Oboe

Oboist Asako Furuoya, a native of Japan, holds positions for Principal Oboe of the West Michigan Symphony, Second Oboe of the Battle Creek Symphony and Second Oboe/English horn of the Southwest Michigan Symphony, and is a permanent extra oboe/English horn of the Saginaw Bay Symphony. She has also served as Principal Oboe of the Opera in the Ozarks
Orchestra, and Principal Oboe of the Castleton Festival Orchestra by Lorin Maazel’s invitation in 2014. She has performed as a guest with various orchestras including Adrian Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Miami Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Palm Beach Opera, and Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestras. She h as been awarded second prize of the Yokohama International Music Competition, third prize for the Japan Oboe Association Competition, and the Fine Arts Award in Oboe from the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Asako is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at Michigan State University and has enjoyed her opportunities as a graduate assistant to teach undergraduate classes and lessons. She received a M.M. from Lynn University Conservatory of Music and a B.M. from New England Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Jan Eberle, Nermis Mieses, Joseph Robinson, Takahisa Shinmatsu, Akiko Tsuboi, and Keisuke Wakao.

Michigan Arts & Culture Council
National Endowment for the Arts