Born and raised in Innsbruck, Austria, Ariane has been musically active since the age of five, playing classical piano and the recorder. She entered the Conservatory of the Land Tirol at age 6, where she studied the piano and the flute until the age of 18. She started playing in local rock, pop and dance bands and picked up the electric bass and soon added the upright. She entered the Academy of Music Vienna in 1996 studying Jazz Bass and Bass Education. In 1998 she received a scholarship from the Academy of Music of Vienna in Austria to the University of Miami, where she spent a year in the graduate program on Austrian and US scholarships. She then received a Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she received her Graduate Certificate of Music. Ariane has studied with greats such as Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Gerald Veasley, Kai Eckhardt, Kenny Werner, and others.
Ariane has played in countless bands and projects in Europe and the US. Enjoying eclectic styles she particularly loved playing with bands such as the Mozartband (a fusion of funk, rock, and Mozart featuring members of the Viennese Philharmonic), and the Celtic Rock Band Tempest, who she toured with for three years. These days, Ariane is busy performing and recording with: The Sippy Cups, a psychedelic rock circus appealing to kids and their parents alike featuring jugglers and aerialists and a rocking show, The Palmwine Boys, who fuse acoustic African Palmwine Music with Americana. She is an experienced sideman – most recently supporting guitar virtuoso Muriel Anderson and the German Flamenco Stars Tierra Negra on fretted and fretless basses, or Cabo Jazz pianist Diego Rodriguez and vocalist extraordinaire Daline Jones. Ariane also performs a solo set featuring a genre-bending (fromBach via Jazz to African World Music) selection of originals and covers performed on her effects and looping setup. Ariane recently committed to a 2-year contract with a brand new Cirque du Soleil production starting in 2012.
The founder of ‘Step Up Music Vallejo, she is also a highly active educator. She co- conducts bass seminars and rock camps all over the US, teaching alongside Steve Bailey, Carl Verheyen, Walfredo Reyes, and others. As a freelancing composer and sound designer Ariane has turned out music and sound for handheld and online games for Wolf Track Audio, Karney Music and Sound and Somatone.