Collegiate Affiliation

Christopher Brown is the former first principal bassist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He served as The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's principal bass since 1980, appearing as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. Prior to joining the SPCO, Brown was a bass player with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Chamber Soloists, and the Detroit Symphony.

Beyond his performance activities, Brown has published a resource book entitled Discovering Bows for the Double Bass, and owns a business that buys and sells bows throughout the world. In addition to his work in classical music, Brown is a jazz enthusiast, songwriter and composer, an interest that dates back to his high school days at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He once appeared on the cover of Life magazine in his role of Jesus in the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar." Brown went to Beijing, China, to present master classes at several conservatories in the summer of 1996.

Brown received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Larry Hurst.