Koki Tanaka


Determined to engage and inspire audience, Koki made his debut at age 18 at Benaroya Hall, performing the rarely-heard Conus Violin Concerto in E minor with Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra under conductor Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Also, with the Bellevue Philharmonic at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington, under conductor Fusao Kajima.

Koki studied with Mikhail Kopelman, Renée Jolles, and Lynn Blakeslee at Eastman School of Music, where he served as Teaching Assistant. At the University of Washington, he studied with Ronald Patterson. Koki has been giving solo recitals annually at George Eastman House’s Annual Concert Series. Koki is also well trained in orchestra. Koki was a former concertmaster of the University Symphony at the University of Washington.

Koki’s other passion has been teaching, and he has taught on many occasions. From local elementary school to middle school music class, as well as privately. After attending the Eastman School of Music, he participated in a string pedagogy class led by Dr. John Fetter and taught students at School No. 17. Currently, Koki teaches Aural Skills courses at Nazareth College, violin at American Music Centre, and Roberts Wesleyan Community Music School in Rochester, NY. Koki also taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts| Summer Arts Camp as a Faculty Fellow.

Koki holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. Koki received Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Washington and Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Aural Skills


  • Eastman School of Music, D.M.A.
  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.
  • University of Washington, B.M.