Ushers the violin into fresh sonic territory.
— NPR
Photo Credit: Geschmackrichtung Grün

Chris Baum is a contemporary violinist, composer, educator, and recording artist, best known for his work with Bent Knee. A pioneer of modern string technique, his strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing boundaries while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he studied contemporary repertoire under Eugene Friesen, Mimi Rabson, and Sheldon Mirowitz. He graduated with honors with a degree in film scoring and composition. 

Chris' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent KneeThe Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to MarsDropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China, Taiwan, and Japan. He currently resides in recording studios, tour buses, and Rockport, MA, where he teaches music at Pingree, Brookwood, and Rockport.

Expresses everything from pure beauty to nightmarish howls.
— BestNewBands

Bent Knee | Guy MendilowVGO |Ben Levin | Qwill | ElderFlux

Selected Discography

Guy Mendilow Ensemble - Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom (2017)*
Bent Knee - Land Animal (2017)*
Ben Levin Group - Foreverman (2017)*
Video Game Orchestra - Capcom Live (2017)*
Astronauts of Albania - Astronauts of Albania (2017)*
Ben Levin Group - People (2017)
Last Builders Of Empire - Hades (2017)
Yoko Shimomura - Final Fantasy XV Soundtrack (2016)
Bent Knee - Say So (2016)
ElderFlux - ElderFlux (2015)
The Dear Hunter - Live (2015)
Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015)
Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015)
Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
Art Decade - Art Decade (2014)
Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014)
Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014)
The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013)
Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013)
Symmetry - Junky (2013)
Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013)
Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013)
Dave Mackay - Flood (2013)
Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013)
Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013)
Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012)
Jaggery - Private Violence (2012)
Art Decade - Western Sunrise (2012)
Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012)
Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012)
The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012)
Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011)
Black Kettle - Narrative (2010)
Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010)
Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009)
Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007)
*upcoming release