Olivia started learning the violin at the age of 4. Whilst living in Sydney she had lessons at the Australian Institute of Music, and successfully auditioned for the Rising Stars programme at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In Perth she was taught by Graham Wood and on moving to London in 2014 she studied with Margaret Norris, formerly of the Menuhin School, and performed with the Marryat Players. Olivia was awarded the Outstanding Junior Strings player at the Sutton Eisteddfod in 2014 and enjoyed masterclasses with Boris Kucharsky. She is now taught by Paul Wright and holds the Council Music Scholarship at Methodist Ladies’ College. She is co-leader of the Senior Symphony Orchestra and a member of the chorale. Olivia particularly loves playing with the St George’s Quartet, and is also a part of the West Australian Youth Orchestra. When she isn’t playing the violin, Olivia loves to travel and follow trendy street style.

Olivia Bartlett

Miah is 17 years old, and is in Year 12 at Presbyterian Ladies’ College where she has been awarded a Music Scholarship. She is a member of a variety of school orchestras, small ensembles and Chorale. She has also recently received a scholarship for the Accelerate! Program, with the UWA School of Music. Miah started learning the cello when she was 3 years old with the Suzuki Method, and has participated in Suzuki Conferences held in Turin (Italy), Melbourne, Sydney and Japan, and performed solo at the conferences. She has been a member of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra for two years now, and was the leader of her section in the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. This year, she is the Principal Cellist for the WA Youth Orchestra (WAYO). Miah has also been learning piano as a second instrument for many years.

In 2016, Miah travelled to Los Angeles to participate in workshops at the National Cello Institute. Over 150 cellists from all around the world joined to work with many inspirational mentors. Miah has been fortunate enough to be studying cello under Dr. Suzanne Wijsman to further advance her abilities as a cellist. Miah admires respected cellists Pablo Casals, Jacqueline Du Pre and Mstislav Rostropovich. She is passionate about the cello, and would one day like to complete and perform Bach’s Six Suites and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor in front of an audience. She also aspires to perform as an accomplished soloist and chamber musician in the future and travel all over the world.

Miah loves to travel to Denmark, WA where she and her family enjoy surfing and spending time at the beach. Her other interests include eating yummy food (especially Japanese), listening to a wide variety of music, walking with her dog and photography. Miah is excited to be advancing her music skills through working with Paul Wright and the other members of the String Quartet os St George's College. 

Miah Smith

Shannon is a Year 11 student at Hale School where he holds a Music Scholarship. He is currently a member of several Hale School’s ensembles. Outside of school, he is a member of the WA Youth Orchestra (WAYO) and last year he successfully auditioned for Australian Youth Orchestra’s (AYO) National Music Camp in Adelaide, playing in the Chamber Orchestra.

Shannon began learning the violin at the age of 4. While he studied with Hooi Tong Lee he completed AMEB Grade 8. Since achieving that he has been a student of Shaun Lee-Chen. He also enjoys solo performances and plays in many competitions and music festivals. He is the winner of String Under 16 at  the North of Perth Music Festival in 2016. He was also awarded “The Most Outstanding Junior String Solo” trophy.

Shannon Rhodes

Ariel Postmus is currently studying her 1st year in a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance at WAAPA, under the tutelage of Tzvi Friedl and Alexandre DaCosta. She started playing the violin when she was 10, and took up playing the more mellow tone of the viola at 13. She loves playing all types of music, ranging from classical quartets to Shostakovich symphonies.

Ariel has taken part in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s (AYO) National Music Camp for the last 4 years, and has also participated in AYO Young Symphonists in 2015. This year, Ariel went on exchange to Canada for two months to be a member of the Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF), in which she was Associate Principal Viola. The OF was an incredible opportunity to experience the professional world, as well as playing with soloists such as James Ehnes and Kerson Leong.

She has enjoyed working with music professionals such as Richard Gill, Monica Curro, Jessica Gethin, Warwick Stengards, James Judd, Vladimir Verbitsky, and Elim Chan. She has taken part in many masterclasses and workshops; highlights being with the Borodin String Quartet and the Australian String Quartet.

Ariel hopes to continue studying music at a tertiary level and would love to broaden her experience to playing jazz, pit music and operas. She has played lead roles in musical theatre productions and enjoys acting and singing dramatically as well as classically.

Outside her musical interests, Ariel enjoys potting succulents, vintage shopping and drinking all kinds of tea. 

Ariel Postmus