Ariel Postmus is a proud West Australian violist from sunny Perth, whose professional objective is to explore exciting new musical vistas and to develop her performance skills and experience as a professional violist for involvement in orchestras and chamber groups.
She is currently in her second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training with the wonderful Caroline Henbest. She was previously completing her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) under the tutelage of renowned performer and educator, violinist Paul Wright.
Over the last few years, Ariel has worked extensively within the Perth freelance scene. She has been a member of the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Perth Chamber Orchestra, WA Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Doctors Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra Project. She also works for the Australian Session Orchestra, String Source, Dolcé Ensembles, Aquila Strings, Cygnus Arioso, and Varley Strings. She is a regular session and pit musician for ballets, musicals, opera productions, and contemporary artists.
Ariel has received extensive training in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. She was awarded both the 2018 and 2020 Royal Over-Seas League’s Bach Prize and held a joint First Prize in the 2019 ROSL Chamber Competition. She was a finalist in the Warana Concerto Competition held at WAAPA in 2020 and a soloist with the Australian Doctors Orchestra in 2015. In 2017, she received a monetary scholarship from WAAPA to take part in the Orchestre de L’Francophonie’s Summer Music Festival in Montreal, Canada. She was also a member of the St Georges String Quartet (2016-19) which was a real turning point in her musical education as it provoked an intense love for chamber music.
Over the last seven years, she has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (2018-20) and participated in their annual National Music Camp (2014-17). The AYO has held huge musical influence over Ariel, for it was what initially inspired her to pursue a career in music alongside her dear friends, and has motivated her to practice, practice, practice!
Ariel loves caring for plants, thrift shopping, and eating anything spicy. She is very excited to be based in Melbourne for the next few years, as it is arguably the Australian epicentre for valuable opportunities, collaborations, and masterclasses with traveling musicians and ensembles.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Vicki & Lawrence Jacks, Jan Williams, Merilyn & David Howorth, Jerry Koliha & Marlene Krelle, George Deutsch OAM and Kathy Deutsch, Andrea Goldsmith
Photo by Pia Johnson