Karen Tanaka is an exceptionally versatile composer and pianist. She was born in Tokyo where she started piano and composition lessons as a child. After studying composition at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she moved to Paris in 1986 to study with Tristan Murail and work at IRCAM as an intern. In 1987, she was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize at the International Music Week in Amsterdam. She studied with Luciano Berio in Florence in 1990-91. Her works have been performed by distinguished orchestras and performers worldwide including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Kronos Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, and conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. Various choreographers and dance companies, including Wayne McGregor and Nederlands Dans Theater, have often featured her music. Karen Tanaka currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches composition at California Institute of the Arts.
■“We Wait for the Lord”(Church Publishing)  
■“Your Smile” - for solo voice, SATB, SSA, TTBB.(Edition Kawai) Free! The choral score is available for free download from the link attached below. The work was written in memory of the Japan earthquake and tsunami victims. http://editionkawai.jp/utaou/
■“Silent Ocean” for trumpet and piano (2005)(Edition BIM (TP249))
■"Our Planet Earth" Piano pieces for children(Edition Kawai)
■"Lavender"(Chester Music)
■"Techno Etudes"(Chester Music)
■“Crystalline” - Piano works by Karen Tanaka ( Label ‘2L’ in Norway ) 、pf: Signe Bakke Download at iTunes Store à http://www.2l.no/
■"Soliloquies" - CALVERT JOHNSON, ORGAN ( Albany Records TROY1049 )
"Jardin des Herbes for Harpsichord" 、harpsichord: Calvert Johnson
■"Chen Yi/ Karen Tanaka: Invisible Curve" ( New World Records 80683 )
"Frozen Horizon" "Water and Stone" "Invisible Curve" 、ensemble: Azure Ensemble
■"Roland Auzet: Percussion[s]" ( Mode Records Mode 189-192 )
"Metallic Cristal" for percussion & electronics 、perc: Roland Auzet
■Saint-Saëns: Septour Trumpet New Standard Vol. 3 - Osamu Kamishiro ( Octavia Records CRYSTON OVCC-00040 )
“Silent Ocean” 、tp: Osamu Kumashiro, pf: Kazumasa Watanabe
■Aria ( First Hand Records Ltd. (FHR13) )
Night Bird 、sax: Gerard McChrystal
■‘Stolen Gold’ ( TROY1305, Albany Records )
“Wave Mechanics II” 、vn: Airi Yoshioka
■ 「Earth」 ( Sony Music Entertainment ) 、p:Ikuyo Nakamichi ★Click here for detail
■"My Song" ( Nami Records )
"Water Dance" 、p:Kayako Matsunaga
■ COMMISSIONED BY:GeNIA "Techno Etudes II" for piano
■ Earth (temporal title)
■ "Ocean Blue" for orchestra
■ New work for Horn and Piano [PREMIERE: 2013年/7/25日 ]


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<Chamber music>

■"Ocean" for viola and piano

■"the Song of Solomon"

va, electronics

<Film&TV music>


■「Gary's Magical Flight」


■「Ahco on the Road」(Music for animations)

<Instrumental music>

■Piano work



■「Water of Life」
COMMISSION BY Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra


<The others>

■Gustav Holst:「The Planets」from"Jupiter"(arrangement)



■Our Planet Earth



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