Kris Saebo leads a versatile musical life in New York City as a double bassist, electric bassist, composer, and teaching artist. Kris is a co-founding member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall and performs regularly with A Far Cry, NOVUS NY, New York Classical Players, The Chris Norman Ensemble, and the orchestra for 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, where he has taught the last 3 summers and will return as faculty this summer.
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 Homer Mensch and Orin O’Brien. Mr. Saebo is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, which nurtures high level musicians who engage the communities in which they live and perform.