Photo by Bonnie Weibel

Photo by Bonnie Weibel

Chris Catone is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist whose music is deeply rooted in the merging of technology and the natural sound.  His life and work is a balance between sacred silence and the din of the outside world.

Chris was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He studied composition with Doug Durant, Yoko Nakatani, Mike Frengel and David Stock and music technology with Dennis Miller, Ronald Bruce Smith and Lynn Purse.  Chris has been actively involved in church music since a young age and often composes for choir and sacred settings.  Chris is an active composer of chamber and film music as well as an in-demand pianist and organist. His music has been performed by Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Trillium Ensemble, A Far Cry Ensemble, The Heinz Chapel Compline Choir, St. Maurice Chamber Singers, Kassia Ensemble and others.

As a producer, Chris creates and performs improvised electronic music featuring various synthesizers, drum machines and DIY sound generators.  He has performed a number of impromptu "sets", most recently in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Zeffiro during the Pittsburgh Trust's unBlurred Gallery Crawl.  

His music for film has won awards at prominent film festivals such as the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Fest, Four Points Film Festival and Filmapalooza.  His multimedia (music + film) piece "The Mill"  was featured on the WQEDTV's program, Filmmaker's Corner.  Chris has also assisted on various projects with film composer/producer Junkie XL at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles, California.

Currently residing in Pittsburgh, Chris holds the position of Director of Music at Saint Athanasius Church,  Resident Artist at Pittsburgh Musical Theater and teaches piano and composition privately.   In his free time, Chris is an avid traveler and enjoys hanging out with his dog Callahan.