Born & raised in Japan, Noriko Olling Wright started playing piano at the age of 5 years-old, studying everything from classical to jazz to R&B. She attended Jinai College in Fukui, Japan majoring in music performance. In 1988, she moved to Los Angeles to sharpen her skills to be a force in America’s music scene. As a result, she has become one of L.A.’s best kept secrets, having played, arranged, composed, produced and musical directed for the likes of: Chaka Khan, P!nk, Teena Marie & Rick James, Gladys Knight, Michael Bolton, Richard Street and Ollie “Ali” Woodson (of The Temptations) and many more. Noriko’s unique background has given her the perfect combination of classical sensibilities & soulful taste.
Since I was a little girl my dream was to play music everyday. I made mine come true, why not make yours?
that I have ever worked with. It is an honor to call her my friend."
to serve as an effective music educator."
interpretative skills for whatever kind of music she is doing."
from musical styles, rhythm, and musical arrangements."