Born in Kobe, Japan, graduated from West Virginia University with linguistics major, and later studied and performed with Nathan Davis at the University of Pittsburgh. Kuriya toured with Grammy winning Chuck Mangionein the late 80’s. He has also performed with many famous musicians including Donald Byrd, James Moody, Toots Thielmansand Curtis Fuller.
Kuriya produced a series of CD’s resulting in many awards Kuriya has been writing and producing songs for best selling pop artists, and sound.
“HaiKU Trio” is making a special Japan – italian project featuring alex Battini de Barreiro, Federico Malaman and tours various places in Europe.