Chris Baum

Chris B.

Rockport, MA

About Chris B.

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Chris teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: June 2003
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“Ushers the violin into fresh sonic territory.”

Chris Baum is an American violinist, composer, educator, and recording artist. 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 in 2010 with a degree in film scoring and composition.

Chris' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick 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 and Taiwan. He currently resides in recording studios, tour buses, and Rockport, MA, where he teaches music at Pingree, Brookwood, and Rockport.

Chris' teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. He has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.

Selected Discography:
Guy Mendilow Ensemble - Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom (2016)*
Video Game Orchestra - Capcom Live (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)
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

Photos and Videos

Bent Knee - Being Human | Live at Hand Forged Works



Sep 2013 - Present
SoulCove Center for the Arts

Violin instructor, board member, curriculum developer, and program designer.

Solo Violinist

Jun 2012 - Present
Video Game Orchestra

Recent highlights include appearances in Boston's Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's "Capcom Live!" world tours.

Band Member & Songwriter

Sep 2010 - Present
Bent Knee

Violinist, composer, arranger, co-manager, and PR coordinator.

Violinist, Orchestrator, & Composer

Nov 2006 - Present
Touring & Recording Artist

Recent live appearances and studio collaborations with The Dear Hunter, Guy Mendilow, Amanda Palmer, Qwill, ElderFlux, Poorvah, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Symmetry, Om Frequency, Dropkick Murphys, Wheat, Honey Circuit, Ben Levin, Bored With Four, Art Decade, and Jherek Bischoff.

Private Violin Instructor

Sep 2004 - Present
Chris Baum

Over a decade of experience teaching and developing violin and music composition curriculum for a wide variety of ages, styles and abilities.


Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring

Sep 2006 - Dec 2009
Berklee College of Music

Bachelor of Arts in Composition - Film Scoring

Sep 2006 - Dec 2009
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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1 Review on Chris B.

Adam P. Apr 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
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