Eimi Tanaka is a freelance pianist and composer based in New York City. She started classical studies on the piano at age 8, and during high school attended Preparatory Division at the Mannes College of Music with a scholarship. There she studied with pianist Deborah Jamini, as well as classical theory, composition, and chamber music with other world-renowned faculty in New York City.
During her senior year of high school, she discovered jazz and began studying improvisation. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a bachelors degree in piano and music business, and received her masters in jazz studies and composition at New York University with the Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship. In Boston and New York, she has studied with world-renowned faculty such as Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg, Jean-Michel Pilc, Gil Goldstein, Ralph Alessi, Wayne Krantz, and George Garzone, among many others.
She has performed in many venues in the Boston and New York City areas, as well as in Florence and Sienna, Italy, through NYU's jazz studies program and Florence's jazz festival. Before attending NYU's master's program, Eimi has worked in various branches of the music industry, including concert production, record labels, and publicity, and worked in well-known companies such as Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
Currently working on her debut album, she also writes film scores for directors in the New York City area, whose films are playing in various festivals in New York and abroad. She has also composed, arranged, and recorded music for gaming software companies overseas. In addition to her own jazz group, she also plays keyboards in various music groups around the city.
Eimi has been teaching many children & adult students of various levels. While working on her master's at NYU, she joined the adjunct faculty there as a Piano Professor, providing individual instruction to undergraduates in both jazz and classical piano. After graduating NYU, she has since expanded her teaching studio in New York City, and through the Piano School of NYC, has also taught group piano classes at after-shool programs including P.S.6 in Manhattan and the River School in Newport, NJ. She enjoys working with both children and adults, and loves to incorporate different repertoire and music theory to make lessons a unique and fun experience.
Ms. Eimi Tanaka has joined the faculty of the Piano School of NYC in 2009.