Born in Chicago, Chad Kaltinger began studying viola at age 9. In high school Chad studied privately under Peter Slowik and studied chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. He continued his studies at the University of Illinois under the tutelage of Emanuel Vardi and as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival studying with Heidi Castleman and Victoria Chiang. Currently, Chad is the violist for Quartet San Francisco. With QSF, Chad has toured North America and Asia and recorded the album Pacific Premieres in 2013 which received two Grammy Award nominations for best new instrumental music. Outside the quartet Chad is an active freelancer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a busy schedule as orchestral violist, chamber musician, soloist and recording artist.