Noriko Ueda is originally from Hyogo, Japan, and currently residents in Brooklyn, NY. Her musical background consists of studying classical piano since the age of 4, playing electric bass since the age of 16, studying classical voice at the Osaka College of Music where she received a diploma, and finally, at age 19, started playing the upright bass which is currently her main instrument.
She was a B.E.S.T. scholarship recipient and majored in Jazz Composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated in 1997. Noriko relocated to NY, where she has performed, toured and recorded with various groups including the legendary Frank Wess Quintet and Nonet, Ted Rosenthal Trio, Harry Whitaker band, DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Five Play and Diva Jazz Trio.
She leads her own big band, Noriko Ueda Jazz Orchestra which performs her original compositions and arrangements and is the winner of the third annual BMI Foundation/Charlie Parker Jazz composition Prize for her original big band piece “Castle in the North”.