THU 22 NOV 6:00PM
Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium



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 also performs traditional Japanese songs (Minyo) which depicts the life and feelings of 'older' Japan, centering on the themes of love, family and the close connection with nature.

Noriko’s recent achievements include the ‘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. She also performed on the popular Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) music quiz TV show ‘Spicks and Specks’.

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 commercials, short films and international theatre productions.


Entertainment TV show appearance with George Kamikawa “Australia’s Got Talent” at Channel 7 Australia Festival Performance at Lang Schwenninger Kulturnacht in Germany Music TV show appearance “Spicks and Specks” at ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Music and Arts TV show appearance “Sunday Arts” at ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Festival Performance at Brunswick Music Festival in Australia Melbourne  



❖ Fiji tour with Wadaiko Rindo Japanese drum group organized by Japan foundation and Japanese Embassy in Fiji
❖ The 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Melbourne, Australia
❖ Art TV show appearance ‘Art Nation’ on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
❖ All Japan International Tsugaru Shamisen Competition in Hirosaki City, Aomori, Japan
- Received Hirosaki Castle 400 year Anniversary Special Award 2011
❖ “Gambaro Japan” Charity show at Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, Toronto, Canada
❖ Japan Australia Music Goodwill Mission Concert at Sydney Opera House, Australia
❖ Tonga tour with Toshi Sakamoto organized by Japan foundation and Japanese Embassy in Tonga
❖ Starred in and composed music for ‘Everyman’ theatre production, Tokyo, Japan
❖ Music TV show appearance “Spicks and Specks” on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
❖ United Nations Conference for Global Health as a part of InterACT at the opening concert at the Melbourne Exhibition Convention Centre, Australia
❖ All Japan International Tsugaru Shamisen Competition in Hirosaki City Japan
- -Received Head Judge’s Special Award 2009, Aomori, Japan
❖ The Royal Melbourne Show, Australia
❖ Australia Day Voyages Music Event at Melbourne Federation Square, Australia
❖ Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival with Gerry Hale
- -Received the ‘Atlantis Studio Performer Award’, Australia
❖ St. Kilda Festival sponsored by City of Port Philip Melbourne, Australia
❖ Caloundra Music Festival, QLD, Australia
❖ Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW, Australia
❖ Port Fairy Music Festival, VIC, Australia
❖ Woodford Folk Festival, QLD, Australia
❖ Blues on Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
❖ National Folk Festival, ACT, Australia
❖ WOMAD, SA, Australia
❖ Japan Festival, Wellington, New Zealand
❖ Finalist on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ TV show (Channel 7)
❖ Blues Train, VIC, Australia
❖ Matsuri in Sydney, Darling Harbour, NSW, Australia
❖ Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival, VIC, Australia
❖ Brunswick Music Festival, VIC, Australia
❖ Undara Country, Rock and Blues Festival, QLD, Australia
❖ Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW, Australia
❖ Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival, VIC, Australia
❖ Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, QLD, Australia