Born and raised in Honolulu, Chris Yick is a dynamic musician and entrepreneur. He is a current double bassist at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and founder of the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival. Inspired by a love for chamber music and a desire to give back to his home state, Chris combines his passion for artistry and business.
He currently studies with Daniel Tosky and Jeffrey Turner and plays on a bass made by Arnold Schnitzer (AES #36 2014).
As the founder, Chris single-handedly grew the organization with over two dozen events consisting of concerts, outreaches, fundraisers, workshops, and masterclasses. He has continued to debut over thirty artists appearances in Hawaii while collaborating with several local organizations.
In its first season, Chris showcased three stars in music: Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie, Maui-native bassist and Indiana University Professor Kurt Muroki, and Cincinnati-College of Music Conservatory’s celebrated pedagogue and soloist Rachel Calin.
Chris began playing the double bass in 6th grade under the tutelage of Katharine Hafner and Michael Gorman, then continued his studies with HSO bassist John Gallagher. In high school, he became the principal bassist for the Hawaii Youth Symphony and ‘Iolani School. In 2016, Chris was among the winners of the ‘Iolani Concerto Competition and performed Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. He has also performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in the famous Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour.
As a student of the McDuffie Center, Chris has had the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall while being featured on NPR’s Performance Today. He can even be heard in the ensemble of Robert McDuffie and R.E.M. Mike Mills newest album and collaboration: “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra.”
Chris has participated in many festivals such as the Hawaii Contrabass Festival, Oberlin Double Bass Workshop, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, FOOSA, and Festival Napa Valley: Blackburn Music Academy.
Chris has performed with many local artists including University of Hawaii Piano Professor Jonathan Korth, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (HSO) cellists Joshua Nakazawa and Sung Chan Chang, and HSO Concertmaster Ignace Jang. Chris has also performed alongside Tchaikovsky prize-winning violinist Eric Silberger, Metropolitan Opera soprano Amy-Shoremount Obra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra assistant principal cellist Daniel Lelchuk, and more.