Karen Tanaka’s works have been performed by distinguished orchestras and ensembles worldwide including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Brodsky Quartet and Gothic Voices, among many others. In 2012, she was selected as a fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Composers Lab for feature film and mentored by Hollywood’s leading composers. As an orchestrator, she served as lead orchestrator for the BBC's TV series, Planet Earth II. She has scored numerous short films, animations and documentaries. Sister, the most recent animated film she scored, has been selected for prestigious film festivals including Annecy (France), Ottawa, Austin, Chicago, London, Santa Barbara, Foyle (Ireland) and Sundance. It has also been nominated for the 46th Annie Awards in 2019. Karen Tanaka lives in Los Angeles and teaches composition at California Institute of the Arts.