Japanese pianist Rie Tanaka started playing piano at the age three. By the age of ten, she had won the first place at the Muse Daito Piano Festival in Osaka and has been active in the competition scene ever since.
In Japan, Tanaka was a prize winner of the 8th Rosenstock International Piano Competition, Kyoto Piano Competition, and Osaka College of Music Competition. Tanaka moved to the US in 2008 and has since been named the winner of numerous competitions. She came in first for the West Central MTNA Young Artist Competition 2016, Thursday Musical Young Artist Scholarship Competition 2015, the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition 2014, Mechelke Piano Award 2014, the 17th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition at the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra 2014, and the Wisconsin State MTNA Young Artist Competition 2011.
As an active soloist and a collaborative pianist, Tanaka frequently performs in the Twin Cities and Central Wisconsin. She has appeared in venues such as NHK Osaka hall, Phoenix hall in Osaka, Japan, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra center. Tanaka also serves as a pianist of the South Beach Chamber Ensemble in their annual Wisconsin concert series.
Tanaka has experience in teaching piano to all ages and levels for over eight years. She currently teaches group piano classes and individual lessons for music majors and non-majors at the University of Minnesota through her position as Teaching Assistant.