Awarded Gotoh memorial cultural award for the new talent of Opera in 2018 and received scholarship by Rohm Music Foundation in 2020, Yuko Tanaka lives in Paris and studying further at École Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot.
Tanaka is an up-and-coming conductor who has already won favorable recognition for her collaborations with a number of major orchestras in Japan such as NHK Symphony Orchestra,Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa among others. In 2013, Tanaka made her European debut conducting the orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka in January. Tanaka made her debut in conducting Opera by Verdi's "La Traviata" in 2015 with success that led her immediate re-invitation to Japanese Opera,"Yosakoi-bushi" in 2017 followed by further Opera production in 2018 and 2019.
After graduating with a major in conducting from the Tokyo College of Music, Tanaka went onto study at the Department of Conducting in Tokyo University of the Arts to pursue her master's degree.
Tanaka was accepted at the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting in 2012. Before that she made it to the semi-finals at the International Young Conductors' Competition in Besançon in 2009 and the International Conductors' Competition Sir Georg Solti in 2010.
Tanaka served as official assistant conductor to Paavo Jarvi in 2015-16-17 seasons with NHK Symphony Orchestra,also serving under Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach and Marek Janowski among others.
In addition, Tanaka served as assistant conductor to Myung-Whun Chung with Tokyo Philharmonic.
Tanaka served as resident conductor of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa from April 2018 to August 2020.