Shinichi Furuya

Musicians provide a unique opportunity for us to listen to music composed centuries ago. Through years of extensive training, musicians acquire exceptional sensory, motor, and cognitive abilities, including vast memory, fast performance of dexterous movements, and fine-tuned sensory discriminability. Musicians' virtuosity, however, stands upon experience-based training and education, in contrast to athletes who fully benefit from sports science. A goal of "Musical Dynaformics" is to optimize musical practice and education, so that musicians can transform musicality into music effectively and efficiently, without suffering from injuries such as tendonitis, chronic pain, and focal dystonia. Evidence-based musical training renders our world cultural enrichment through coevolution of an open system forming artists, educators, and audience.


Musical Dynaformics / Music performance science / virtuosity / neuroplasticity / biomechanics and motor control / movement disorders / multisensory integration / stage fright



Selected Publications

Furuya S, Uehara K, Sakamoto T, Hanakawa T (2018) Aberrant cortical excitability explains the loss of hand dexterity in musician’s dystonia. The Journal of Physiology (in press) doi: 10.1113/JP275813

Furuya S (2018) Individual differences in sensorimotor skills among musicians. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 20: 61-66

Furuya S, Oku T, Miyazaki F, Kinoshita H (2015) Secrets of virtuoso: neuromuscular attributes of motor virtuosity in expert musicians. Scientific Reports 5:15750

Furuya S, Altenmüller E (2015) Acquisition and reacquisition of motor coordination in musicians. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1337: 118–124

Furuya S, Klaus M, Nitsche MA, Paulus W, Altenmüller E (2014) Ceiling effects prevent further improvement of transcranial stimulation in skilled musicians. The Journal of Neuroscience 34(41):13834 - 13839

Furuya S, Nitsche MA, Paulus W, Altenmüller E (2014) Surmounting retraining limits in musicians' dystonia by transcranial stimulation. Annals of Neurology 75(5): 700-707


Shinichi Furuya is a researcher at SONY CSL, and holds a position as a guest professor at Institute for Music Physiology and Musician's Medicine at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. He studied mechanical engineering (BSc), biomechanics and exercise physiology (MS), and motor neuroscience (PhD) at Osaka University, Japan. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan), University of Minnesota (USA), and Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany). He received Postdoctoral Fellowship at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Heisenberg Fellowship at Germany Research Foundation (DFG), and postdoctoral fellowship at Japan Society for Promoting Science (JSPS). He received Leading Initiative for Excellent Young Researchers(LEADER)from MEXT. He is also a pianist with several prizes at domestic professional piano competitions in Japan.

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