Amelia Baisden is twelve years old and lives in Washington, DC. She studies cello with Dr. Daniel Levitov at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, Maryland where she is also a member of the Performance Academy for Strings and Peabody Youth Orchestra. She has held principal positions for the past six years within various regional youth orchestras and ensembles, including the Peabody Youth Orchestra, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and DC Youth Orchestra Program. In 2021, Amelia was awarded “Most Promising Talent” in Amit Peled’s Inaugural Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition and was also a winner of the 5th Annual DC Strings Workshop Concerto Audition, which led to an invitation to perform as a soloist with the Accord Symphony Orchestra. She has won several regional, national, and international solo competitions, including the National Philharmonic’s Virtual Solo Bach Competition, the Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition, the Metropolitan Music Festival, and the 2021 American Protégé International Concerto Competition where she was also awarded the Judges’ Distinction Award with an invitation to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Most recently, she has been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to perform as soloist for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery. Amelia has participated in masterclasses led by Anna Clift, Amir Eldan, Christopher Hutton, Eric Kutz, Thomas Mesa, Hai-Ye Ni, Hannah Roberts, Alan Stepansky, and members of the Emerson String Quartet. The past two years she has participated in the Heifetz International Music Festival.