Bassist Kris Saebo leads a versatile musical life in New York City as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, bass guitarist, composer/arranger, orchestral bassist and teaching artist. He is a founding member of Decoda, an ensemble composed of alumni of Carnegie Hall’s Academy program. Mr. Saebo is also a member of the New York Classical Players, SONYC, and The Chris Norman Ensemble. He performs regularly as a guest artist with A Far Cry, NOVUS NY, and Ensemble ACJW, and is frequently heard in the orchestra of the Broadway show Matilda.
Mr. Saebo is also a devoted teaching artist, and has worked in this capacity in the greater New York metropolitan area as well as internationally. Through his work with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, Mr. Saebo has worked with all ages in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. In the summers of 2012 and 2014, through a partnership between the Juilliard School’s Global initiative and Santa Marcelina Cultura, he traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to teach, perform, and collaborate with young Brazilian musicians. He has also been a visiting teaching artist at The Colburn School and at Skidmore College as part of the Decoda-Skidmore Chamber Music Institute.
A noted collaborator, Mr. Saebo has worked with artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, Jamey Haddad, and Nas. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where his teachers were Orin O’Brien and Homer Mensch. Mr. Saebo is also an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute which nurtures high level musicians who also engage the communities in which they live and perform.