A Japanese native, Katsuko Tanaka moved to New York City in 2008 in order to immerse herself in the culture and traditions of American blues and jazz music. Since relocating Katsuko has been privileged to share the stage with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, leading bands locally and abroad that have showcased artists like Willie Jones III, Gene Jackson, Victor Lewis, Lonnie Plaxico, Essiet Okon Essiet, and many upcoming young stellar.
She had taken classical piano lesson, sight reading, and ear training from the age of three at YAMAHA music school OSAKA. She received a Rotary International Foundation scholarship to study classical piano at California State University, Long Beach. At CSULB she was awarded Jean Louise Boggess Scholarship, Mary E. Israel Scholarship, and State Paid Lessons. Being inspired by live jazz in America, Katsuko started to take private jazz lessons from Kei Akagi, Cecilia Coleman, and Brad Mehldau. After received her BA in classical piano performance, she returned Japan and started her jazz career.