A Japanese native pianist Katsuko Tanaka discovered her passion for music at an early age. At three years old, she was already taking sight-reading and ear-training lessons at the Yamaha School of Music in Osaka. She was invited to play with a Japanese jazz-fusion group at the Japan Expo held in California, and that experience ignited her desire to come to the U.S. She received a Rotary International Foundation full scholarship to study at California State University. She was an aspiring classical pianist who received many other scholarships there; however, she was inspired by live jazz and realized that her future lay in jazz. She studied privately with Kei Akagi, Brad Mehldau, and Senator Eugene Wright. After receiving B.A. in classical piano performance from CSU, she returned to Japan.
After ten years in the Japanese jazz scene in Tokyo and in Osaka, Katsuko decided to be immersed in the culture that created jazz. In 2008 she moved to New York, and immediately began performing at various venues including The Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Dwyer Cultural Center, Steinway & Sons, and for HITN Cable network. She has been pushed to be a better musician and composer everyday. In less than two years since she submerged herself in New York, she recorded her debut album "Beyond Intersection" with Danton Boller, Willie Jones III, and special guest Antonio Hart. The album features her original compositions, which music style blending the two cultures is very creative and unique. She is actively leading her own trio and quartet in New York City and in Japan.