Christiaan van Voorst van Beest is a bassist and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in classical composition at 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 lines. While in demand on the jazz scene, he also plays for theater groups, songwriters and chamber ensembles. Chris has performed and recorded with musicians as notable as Joe Lovano, Robert Glasper, Gabriel Kahane and Frank Kimbrough. He is a member of The Danny Fox Trio, Flamingo Trio, and has a duo with the saxophonist Evan Schwam.
As a composer, Chris leads a contemporary chamber music project called Hear+Now, which plays his original pieces. His most recent, The Heartland, a trio in three movements for piano, cello and clarinet, was premiered in Brooklyn in December of 2017. Chris has been awarded a Dutch grant for composition and nominated twice for the Charles Ives Arts and Letters award.