Pianist Sayaka Tanikawa has received more than 20 top honors in national and international piano competitions, including Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin International Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition. She has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, Richardson Symphony, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi, among others, and has given numerous recitals, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (for its Showcase Series), Davies Hall in San Francisco, and Suntory Hall in Japan.
Tanikawa holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Columbia University, a master’s degree and an artist diploma from Yale School of Music, and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music. She has served as an artist-in-residence at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville and has taught at the Manhattan School of Music and Purchase College at the State University of New York. She is currently on the faculty at Hunter College in New York. Tanikawa joined the MAP faculty in 2017.