Yuko Tanaka is an up-and-coming conductor who has already won favorable recognition for her collaborations with a number of orchestras. With outstanding performance in the various competitions, she was accepted at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting and made it to the semi-finals at the International Young Conductors' Competition in Besançon and the International Conductors' Competition Sir Georg Solti.
Tanaka was born in 1978 in Nagoya City. After graduating with a major in conducting from the Tokyo College of Music (as a scholarship student) , she went on to study at the Department of Conducting in Tokyo University of the Arts to pursue her master's degree. Tanaka studied conducting under such renowned conductors as Tadaaki Otaka, Junichi Hirokami, Ken Takaseki and Yasuhiko Shiozawa. She also took part in the master class by Tatsuya Shimono and studied piano under Hiroaki Kumamoto.
So far, Tanaka has collaborated with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.
In 2013, Tanaka conducted the orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka in January and received positive reviews for her performance of the entire Messiah by Handel in September with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also active in the field of opera and has participated in several opera groups across Japan in such venues as Nissay Theatre and Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre. She enjoyed notable success in the world premiere of Shinichiro Ikebe's Koya Hijiri and the premiere of Makiko Kinoshita's adapted version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderkand as the assistant conductor of both.
Some of Tanaka's upcoming appearances in 2014 include performances with Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra.