Eimi Tanaka is a freelance composer, pianist, and teacher based in New York City. She started classical studies on the piano at age 8, and then during high school attended at the Mannes College of Music preparatory division with a scholarship. There she studied with pianist Deborah Jamini, as well as classical theory, composition, and chamber music with other world-renowned faculty in New York City. During her senior year of high school, she discovered jazz and began studying improvisation. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a bachelors degree in piano and music business, and received her masters in jazz studies and composition at New York University with the Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship. In Boston and New York, she has studied with world-renowned faculty such as Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg, Jean-Michel Pilc, Gil Goldstein, Ralph Alessi, Wayne Krantz, and George Garzone, among many others. She has performed in many venues in the Boston and New York City areas, as well as in Florence and Sienna, Italy, through NYU's jazz studies program and Florence's jazz festival.
Before attending NYU's master's program, Eimi has worked in various branches of the music industry, including concert production, record labels, and publicity, and worked in well-known companies such as Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
As a composer, she has created original music for her own jazz trio, scores for short films which have played in festivals in New York and abroad, production music for television shows which are currently in syndication on CBS and the CW networks, and also classical compositions which have been performed by various groups in NYC. She was a former composer and executive member of the Composers Collective, and was a selected participant in Rick Baitz’s NY Film scoring program Composing for the Screen 2016. She is affiliated with BMI.