Our 2017 winner is 12-year-old Hayden Idson, a wonderful cellist who is a seventh-grader at the Park School in Brookline. Hayden played the first movement (and coda from the last movement) of the Saint-Saëns Concerto #1, and it was a stunning performance.

Hayden began his cello studies at the age of 4 1/2 with Sandy Kiefer at the Longy School of Music, and has been a student of Michael Bonner since 2013. Hayden will perform with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra at the March 18, 2018, concert. He will turn 13 just a few days before!

Hayden appeared as a soloist for the first time at the age of 10 with the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the first two movements of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. In the subsequent year, he was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62, with both the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to winning the 2017 Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, Hayden won first place in the 2017 Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, and placed second in both the 2017 Philharmonic Society of Arlington Young Artists Competition and the 2017 New England Philharmonic Young Artist Competition.

In his free time, Hayden likes to play the erhu and piano, run track, and compose music.