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.


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