Chris Saetti has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra viola section since 1985. In addition to his viola duties, Chris also serves as the orchestra’s mandolin player.
A native of San Diego, he studied violin at San Diego State. After performing as the violist in several chamber music groups, Chris decided to switch majors. He continued his viola studies with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Music performance in 1982. His chamber music coaches there included Menachem Pressler, Janos Starker, Rostislav Dubinski and Gregory Sebok. Chris went on to study chamber music with the Fine Arts Quartet at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin at Milwuakee.
In addition to performing with the San Diego Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony, Chris has served as the Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Ballet and Spoleto Festival orchestras, and as the Assistant Principal Violist of the Sacramento Symphony.
While not playing music, Chris is an active outdoorsman and is the discoverer of the 390 million year old fossil crinoid Goniocrinus Saettii.