Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Chris Pistorino

Chris Pistorino, contrabass, began studying music at a young age at Wesleyan University in his hometown of Middletown, Connecticut. He went on to attend the New School University in NYC, receiving high honors and degrees in Philosophy (BA) and Jazz (BFA). At the New School he experienced the music and training of such notables as Reggie Workman, Makanda MacIntyre, Arnie Lawrence, and Buster Williams, to name a few. Chris has had the opportunity to play with Barry Harris, Junior Mance, Anthony Braxton, Bobby Sanabria, Billy Harper, Jane Monheit, Grant Green, Jr., and Grammy Award winners Tom Jones, Steve Miller, and Norah Jones. He is featured on the self-titled debut album for the trio “Unified Quest” and has showcased his music for the 1998 Jazz Times convention, the 1999, 2001, and 2002 Burlington Discover Jazz Festivals, and with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. He was featured in the “Jazz on Campus” section of the May ’98 issue of Downbeat Magazine. He has taught music for the past four years at the New York Public Schools through L.E.A.P. (Learning Through an Extended Arts Program). He studies under John Schaeffer, retired principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic.

Musica Bella concerts: October 19, 2003; November 30, 2003; February 29, 2004; May 2, 2004; October 24, 2004; January 30, 2005

This bio last updated July 29, 2003