"Her openness of expression, and unguarded charisma coupled with pianistic prowess, made all the difference in a field of excellent performances." - Paul Shaw, professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota, at Mechelke Piano Competition.
Native of Osaka, Japan, pianist Rie Tanaka is a prize winner of international and national competitions in Japan and the U.S. She won West Central MTNA Young Artist Competition (Winner), Schubert Club Scholarship Competition (1st Prize), Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition (1st Prize), Chautauqua International Piano Competition (Finalist, Best Performance of Commissioned Piece Award), 8th Rosenstock International Piano Competition (Jury Special Award), Kyoto Piano Concours (Bronze), and more.
An active solo and chamber musician, Rie performs frequently in the Twin Cities. She has appeared in venues such as NHK Osaka hall, Phoenix hall in Osaka Japan, the Ordway Center for the Performing, Landmark Center, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra center, among others. She is a Thursday Musical Artist, as well as regular performer at the Coffee Concert Series at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.
Rie attended the prestigious music special course at the Yuhigaoka High School in Osaka, Japan, which led to the musical tour in Vienna, Austria, performing in Wieber Musikverein. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she studied under Raffi Besalyan. She was chosen as the winner of the Outstanding Music Major Award 2013 for her excellence in performance and academia. She received a Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Alexander Braginsky.
Rie is a piano faculty at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Mount Olivet School of Music. She is a frequent guest artist/faculty at the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, and Minnesota International Piano Camp. She has passion in educating musicians about performance injury and prevention, and has been invited to give lectures and lead special wellness sessions.
Outside music, Rie enjoys talking with her Bengal-mix cat Munchie. She meditates and practices Yoga daily.