Motomi Tanaka, a soprano from Yokohama, Japan, embraces a broad range of repertoire from early to contemporary music. Her recent opera roles include Giulietta (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Ninfa (L'Orfeo),  Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Sandman (Hansel and Gretel).  In concert works, she has performed as a soloist with The Princeton Festival and Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, among many others. She was a finalist at the Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award in 2019.

As an avid ensemble singer, Motomi often sings with Musica Sacra, the Cathedral Choir of St. John the Divine in NYC, Princeton Festival Chorus, Bard Festival Chorale, and the Nikolai Kachanov Singers. She is currently a soprano member of the VOCES8 US Scholars and will be performing with the group next February.  

She was a featured Young Artist with ARTEK's Madrigal Madness in 2018. As an active recitalist, she has recently given a concert at the Pipe Organ Promenade Concert at Saitama Arts Theater in Japan, and given full performances in New York and at the former Sonoda House in Tokyo. She enjoys working with composers and has premiered many of their works.

She holds a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Art History from Keio University and Master of Music in vocal performance from Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan.  She moved to New York to continue her vocal studies, and completed a Professional Studies Certificate at Manhattan School of Music.  She is currently based in the New York City area and is pursuing doctoral studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Motomi is a member of AGMA.

Schedule 2023

VOCES8 & Christopher Tin: The Lost Birds

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford, CA

Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm PT

Light of Paradise

Great Music in a Great Space

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm

Bach's St. Matthew Passion

New York Philharmonic, Musica Sacra

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm

Friday, March 24, 8:00pm

Saturday, March 25, 8:00pm


Nightingale Vocal Ensemble

St. Peter's Episopal Church, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm

Old South Church, Boston, MA

Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm

The Unadorned Bach - Cantatas #205-215

The New York Virutoso Singers

Merkin Concert Hall

Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm

Venice, City of Light

Cathedral Choir & Rose of the Compass

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

May, 16, 7:30pm

Musica Sacra, Sing for Hope & Mostly Modern

Oculus World Trade Center

Thursday, May 25, 1:00-3:00pm

Sorrel Hays Rediscovered

Mary Flager Cary Hall at The Dimenna Center

The North/South Symphony Orchestra & NY Virtuoso Singers

Tuesday, June 6, 8:00pm

Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert

Early 17th-Century Roman Opera Scenes

New York Continuo Collective

Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, Boston

Thursday, June 8, 12:00pm

The Fairy Queen

The Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College

LeFrak Concert Hall

Saturday, June 17, 1:00pm 

Bard Music Festival Special Event

Music for Parish, Home, and School Part II

Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck

Friday, August 11, 3:00pm

Bard Music Festival Program Nine

A New Elizabethan Age?

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Saturday, August 12, 8:00pm

Bard Music Festival Program Eleven

Vaughan Williams and Shakespeare: Sir John in Love

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Sunday, August 13, 3:00pm