Naoko Tanaka

Instrumental Focus

  • violin

Naoko Tanaka, violin, is presently on faculty at both The Julliard School and New York University, and is an artist-faculty member at the AMFS. She was born in Tokyo and began her studies at the Toho School, where she won several prizes and competitions, including the Mainichi Young Musicians Competition. She began her career in the U.S. at Juilliard and is also an alumna of AMFS, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Tanaka is a founding member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble she previously led as concertmistress in performances at Carnegie Hall, throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and on over thirty Deutsche Grammophon recordings. She is also concertmaster of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble and is presently also a member of the Raphael Trio. Ms. Tanaka regularly performs as soloist and concertmaster at the Caramoor Festival and has appeared at the Sitka, Ravinia, and Marlboro festivals. Her former students have won the Concours Long Thibaud, ARD Munich, and Pablo Sarasate international competitions, and have gone on to win positions in numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the St. Louis, San Francisco, and Houston symphonies, the Washington National Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Symphony.