Hailing from Jacksonville, Florida, cellist Noah Hays is an enthusiastic student of fine art, natural
history, bonsai, football, and Calvin and Hobbes. Since beginning his musical studies at the age of ten, he has developed a passion for all things cello. He made his debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the JSYO Philharmonic Orchestra, in which he serves as principal. He went on to appear as a soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, playing the first Shostakovich Concerto. Experienced as a performer in masterclasses, he has benefited from the expertise of many
internationally renowned artists and teachers, among them Alisa Weilerstein, Hans Jorgen Jensen,
Richard Aaron, Colin Carr, Dr. Melissa Kraut, and Matt Haimovitz. An avid chamber musician, he is a frequent participant in programs and festivals, and will attend Bowdoin International Music Festival in the summer of 2019. Noah studies privately with University of North Florida Associate Professor of Cello Dr. Nick Curry. He plays a French cello by Roger Lanne, on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.