Rieko Tanaka
Arlington, Massachusetts USA


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Rieko Tanaka was born in Shizuoka, Japan. Her passion for the piano began when she started formal lessons at age three. She has distinguished herself as a classical pianist and jazz musician. She can play anything, including blues, rock, and the American Songbook. She has a special love for the music of George and Ira Gershwin.

Ms. Tanaka received her Bachelor of Music in Piano from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. She earned her Masters degree from New England Conservatory, where she was chosen as a concerto soloist for the Commencement Concert. She earned her Artist Diploma from Longy School of Music, where she was awarded a Special Achievement Award. She also studied with world renown pianist Sequeira Costa at the University of Kansas.

Ms. Tanaka has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Suruga Philharmonic Orchestra, and KU Symphony. She has been an active chamber music player, playing with distinguished players such as Asako Urushihara, Christopher Wellington, and Kanako Ito.

She is a member of the Follen Angels, a group that specializes in cabaret, jazz, American standards, and the early years of rock and roll. The Angels perform frequently in the Greater Boston area. The Follen Angels appeared on WGBH and WICN, and have performed at Scullers Jazz Club, Danny's Skylight Lounge in New York, the Keefe Performing Arts Center in Natick, and many other venues in Greater Boston area. Ms. Tanaka currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and the Winchester Community Music School.

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