Christiaan van Voorst van Beest is a bassist and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Chris received a Bachelors degree in music from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree in composition from the City College of New York, where he studied with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer David Del Tredici.
As a bassist, Chris is known for his big sound and lyrical bass lines. Highly sought after in the NY jazz community, he also plays for theater groups, songwriters, and chamber ensembles. Chris has toured, performed, and recorded with a diverse set of artists including Joe Lovano, Robert Glasper, Gabriel Kahane, Sam Amidon and Frank Kimbrough. He is a member of his own Double Trio, the critically acclaimed Danny Fox Trio, the Flamingo Trio, and saxophone/bass duo project Evan & Chris.
As a composer, Chris writes both chamber music and music for improvisors, leading a contemporary chamber music project called Double Trio, which plays concerts of original chamber pieces followed by improvised responses. His most recent concert featured his largest work to date, a three movement trio for piano, cello, and clarinet called The Heartland. Chris has been awarded a Dutch grant for composition and nominated twice for the Charles Ives Arts and Letters award.