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RIEKO TANAKA: Biography

Rieko Tanaka was born in Shizuoka, Japan. Her passion for the piano began when she started formal lessons at age three.

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 in Chamber Music from Longy School of Music, where she was awarded a Special Achievement Award. She also studied with world-renowned pianist Sequeira Costa at the University of Kansas. She had also participated in Yellow Barn Music Festival in Putney, Vermont from 1992 to 1995, receiving full scholarship.

Ms. Tanaka has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras including the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Suruga Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been an active chamber music and collaborative pianist, playing with distinguished players such as Asako Urushihara, Christopher Wellington, Kanako Ito, Annette Betanski, and Anton Belov, John Laughton, Carter Enyeart, and so on.

She was a founding member of the Follen Angels for 13 years until 2010. The Follen Angels specializes in cabaret, jazz, American standards and Musical Theater repertoire, and the early years of rock and roll. The Angels perform frequently in the Greater Boston area. With her, 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, Enter Stage Left in Hopkinton, Club Passim and Blacksmith House in Cambridge, and many other venues in Greater Boston area. Ms. Tanaka currently is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she also had served as a vocal coach for 7 years and the Winchester Community Music School.

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