Noriko Tsuzaki was born in Japan and started learning the violin at the age of three and the piano a year later. She relocated to the UK at the age of nine and attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department. She held a music scholarship at King Edward’s School Witley on violin, piano and trumpet, and performed in many prestigious venues, such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Mansion House and the Guildhall. Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of Manchester where she studied the violin with Leland Chen and gained her MusB (Hons). She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music studying violin with Thomas Kemp and achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance and an MPhil in Performance which also included an academic research on Beethoven’s works for violin and orchestra.
Noriko is passionate about teaching and currently teaches violin and piano at schools including Tudor Hall, Sibford and The Elms. Her strong interest also lies in teaching people with special needs and she is a Founder Director of Special Virtuosi; a community-interest company providing music opportunities for children and adults with special needs. She is also a tutor for the English Symphony Orchestra Children’s Orchestras which she helps organise the courses and coaches young musicians aged six to eighteen on courses during school holidays.
She plays with various orchestras around the country and is a member of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra. Her other freelance work includes session recordings for films, appearing on TV and radio such as Songs of Praise and the Classic FM, and performing with various chamber groups. She has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John Smith’s Square and the Southbank Centre. Her performing career has also taken her to various European countries and the Far East, including Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore.
Noriko hopes to continue developing her teaching and performing careers and to also continue researching and extending opportunities for people with disabilities to access music.