A native of Pownal, Me, Christiaan van Voorst van Beest began playing bass in high school. He studied music at the University of New Hampshire, receiving a bachelors degree in performance, and later at the City College of New York, where he received a Masters degree studying composition with David Del Tredici. Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Chris has established himself as an in demand bassist and composer in a vibrant New York music scene. 

As a bassist, Chris is known for his big sound, lyrical bass lines, and ease with which he plays different styles of music. A busy performer, Chris plays with some of the premier jazz and new music groups in many of New York’s finest venues. He also tours throughout Europe, having played extensively in the Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey and Italy. 

An emerging composer, Chris leads a chamber music project called Hear + Now, which plays his original chamber pieces. His most recent work, Het Glazen Herenhuis, a sonnet for piano, cello and clarinet, was premiered in Brooklyn in July of 2017. Chris was a nominee for the 2016 Charles Ives Arts and Letters award.