Kyle Sanborn began playing bass at the age of 12 in Portland, Oregon. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon and his graduate degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Tyler Abbott and Kurt Muroki, respectively. Sanborn spent his summers with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland, the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.
Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra at the beginning of the 2022-23 season, Sanborn served as assistant principal bass of the Calgary Philharmonic. Prior to that, Sanborn was a fellow at the New World Symphony Orchestra as well as a substitute for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony. He was also a member of the Evansville Philharmonic during his time in Indiana. Additionally, he has performed with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota, the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon, and led masterclasses at Indiana University and the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta.
Outside of performing in the orchestra, Kyle enjoys lifting weights, epic hikes and watching his beloved Oregon Ducks take the field on Saturdays.