Shinichi Furuya

Musicians are bearers of the culture. They let us listen to music, which is intangible cultural heritage that has been created over centuries worldwide. To produce various musical expression based on creativity and intelligence requires sophisticated sensory, motor, and cognitive skills, which are acquired through years of extensive training from childhood. However, in the course of training, a number of musicians have suffered from failures of creating desired musical expression through performance and/or from physical and mental troubles. A goal of “Musical Dynaformics” is to realize sustainable development of culture, through research and development for enriching expertise and wellness, such as sophisticating musical skills, training, and education, and preventing overuse injuries and choking under pressure. Through making educational platform that can keep being updated based on the achievement of research and development, we dream a future in which both musicians and audience can keep being moved by music.


Musical Dynaformics / Music Excellence Project / 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 Research Director 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.