Noriko Yamaga
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M., California Institute of the Arts


The violinist Noriko Yamaga began her music study at age of three, and continued further at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Cleveland Institute of the Music, California Institute of the Arts, and University of Southern California as scholarship recipient. She is a prize winner of various competitions such as Pasadena Fine Arts Club Competition and Banff Chamber Music Program Competition where she was invited as a resident chamber music performer. Since 1999, Ms. Noriko has been actively performing as a concert soloist, orchestra member, and ensemble player in the genre of classical, pop, and rock throughout the US as well as in Japan and Italy.

Ms. Noriko’s teaching philosophy is that one must be sincere with each student. Through sincerity and honesty, trusting teacher-student relationship can be developed. Learning with manners and being sincere to music itself is highly valued in her teaching studio.

Ms. Noriko is an active member of MTAC and various music organizations, and her students have been awarded for their performance at local and national competitions and festivals such as MTAC Festivals, Satori String Festivals, Bach Festival, SYMF, Musical Arts and American fine Art Festival. She’s also a certified Certificate of Merit evaluator and has adjudicated many student performances. Her students have also placed in various student orchestras; Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Santiago Strings, Irvine Honor Orchestra, All Southern Orchestra, and Prelude Orchestra to name a few.

In addition to her busy studio at Opus119, Ms. Noriko enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter and salsa dancing with her husband.