Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
A native of Colorado and raised in El Paso, Texas, Christopher Kim started playing the piano at age seven, and tried violin for one year when he was 11. After realizing the violin was not the best fit, he switched to double bass at age 12 and has been playing ever since. Chris received his B.M. from the University of North Texas (2010) and his M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2013). Chris’ most important teachers include Jeff Bradetich and Bruce Bransby. He spent two summers in Aspen attending the Aspen Music Festival and School (2013, 2014); in 2013 he received a Mentor Fellowship. In the summer of 2015, Chris appeared with the National Repertory Orchestra Festival in Breckenridge, CO, and he joined the Oregon Symphony as acting bass that fall. Chris has subbed for the New World Symphony, where he was also a finalist.
In his spare time, Chris loves to be outdoors hiking, peak bagging, and rock climbing. Chris plays a 2011 double bass made by Guy Cole, a modern luthier working with Avalon Studio in Arlington, Texas.