Sydney-born double bassist Aurora Henrich began her music studies on the piano at age five.
Flute lessons followed, but it was the double bass lessons (age eight) that Aurora enjoyed the most. In 2003, at the age of ten, she began studying with Alex Henery (SSO Principal Double Bass), and she received her Associate Diploma in Music in 2009. Aurora became a permanent member of the double bass section of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and frequently performs as a casual musician with the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.
A dynamic musician, Aurora enjoys working and performing across a number of genres. She has toured internationally, performing as the soloist in the world premiere of James Humberstone’s ‘Miniature Concerto for Double Bass’. Aurora has performed on gut string bass with the Sydney-based baroque ensemble ‘Salut baroque!’ and the Hobart-based ‘Van Dieman’s Band’ and worked on movie soundtracks for films such as The Lego Movie and Mad Max: Fury Road. In 2015, she collaborated with guest director Benjamin Schmidt on an ACO2 tour across regional Australia, performing the Australian premiere of jazz bassist Herbert Berger’s ‘Metropoles Suite for Violin and Strings’. Throughout the COVID crisis Aurora recorded chamber music with the Tasmanian Bass Quartet for the TSO YouTube channel, including the Australian premiere of Ashley Frampton’s ‘Basses of the Caribbean’ and ‘West Side Basses’. Most recently, in 2022 Aurora collaborated with Tasmanian composer Emily Sheppard to record her album ‘Age Old’ which was produced by ABC Classic FM and supported by Arts Tasmania.
Aurora is passionate about sustaining a thriving local music community. She has volunteered her time as a member of the board of Music Tasmania since 2021 and has been Vice President since 2022. As an educator, Aurora has taught double bass privately and at various schools and tutored for Sydney Youth Orchestra.
As a student, Aurora was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a dual recipient of the University of Sydney Entry Scholarship and the Kathleen E Armstrong Scholarship. Aurora graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Music in 2017 and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Commerce which she completed in 2021 at RMIT University.