posted February 2, 2009

Pianist Yukiko Tanaka to Perform on February 16

The Hope College Music Department welcomes pianist and composer Yukiko Tanaka in performance on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Yukiko Tanaka has been active as a piano soloist and a chamber musician, and has performed in the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and Japan.  Her performance repertoire covers not only classical music, but also Broadway music, and rock and roll.

At the age of four she began piano studies at the Suzuki Piano School in Tokyo. At age nine, she won the Suzuki Annual Piano Competition in which Dr. Shin-Ichi Suzuki served on the panel of judges. Since then she has performed in major Suzuki concerts with orchestra, in a piano duo and as a solo recitalist.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from UtahStateUniversity, where she was honored as Student of the Year 1998, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Albion College, where she won many honors, scholarships, and the College Concerto Competition. Yukiko continues her studies with Maestro German Diez after having completed her master's degree in piano performance at the City University of New York Brooklyn College, where she was a scholarship student.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the central Hope campus at the former 127 E. 12th St. between College and Columbia avenues.