Born & raised in Japan, Noriko Olling started playing piano at the age of five 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 and become a force in America’s music scene. As a result, she has become one of L.A.’s best kept secrets, performing and touring with Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, 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.
In recent years, Noriko’s world has expanded to musical theater and film scoring, lending her talents as musical director and keyboardist for many productions, as well as composer. Some of the musical theater highlights are: Floyd Mutrux (Director, The Boy from New York City), Trini Garza (Producer, Troupe Productions) and Lori Jaroslow (Writer, The Baby Project), East West Players, Tim Dang (Director, Beijing Spring). Noriko has also been working at AMDA Los Angeles (College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts) since 2012 as an accompanist & vocal coach to help students achieve their dreams.
Ms. Olling has also worked extensively as an arranger. She has written arrangements and done transcription for Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, The Jacksons, Dave Coz, Candy Dulfer, Sheila E. Stewart Copeland, X-Japan, Boney James and many more. Her work ranges anywhere from making simple master rhythm charts to full orchestrations. Recently she arranged medleys for Jonathan Butler for his South African tour. Noriko strives and lives for “Creating something new from nothing.” She is also a solo artist and has released an album titled “Noriko’s Love Potions”. You can hear her smooth voice and keyboard playing on this album.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/norikos-love-potions/id148222087 For more information, please go to: www.norikoolling.com