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?
interpretative skills for whatever kind of music she is doing."
from musical styles, rhythm, and musical arrangements."
that I have ever worked with. It is an honor to call her my friend."