Noriko Tadano is an award-winning, virtuoso master of the Japanese shamisen (a 3-string, banjo-like instrument) and a traditional Japanese vocalist, who has performed all over the world. She has been playing shamisen since she was 6 years old and performs both as a soloist, as well as in collaborations. Noriko’s ability and drive to cross over between traditional and modern Japanese music has recently seen her perform with renowned world musicians as well as traditional Japanese artists.
Noriko’s achievements include the ‘2009 Head Judge’s Special Award’ at the National Japanese Shamisen Competition held in Hirosaki – Japan, a solo performance at the Sydney Opera House and a number of dynamic shows at the International WOMADelaide world music festival with George Kamikawa.
Noriko pioneered Australia’s first Shamisen group in 2005 and was recently an audience favourite and finalist on the Australia’s Got Talent TV program. Noriko’s work has also featured in TV commercials, short films and international theatre productions.