Cellist Bryan Hayslett is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Performance at NYU Steinhardt where he also teaches as adjunct artist faculty. He is the cellist of contemporary performance group Juxtatonal. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition and returned the following year as a repeat top prize laureate. Hayslett has given four solo concert tours with new music as a central focus, including performances in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Hartford, Albany, Milwaukee, Tampa FL, Comfort TX, Holland MI, Appleton WI, and Jackson MS, and a residency at the University of South Florida. Hayslett holds degrees from The Hartt School of Music and The Boston Conservatory, and his principle teachers include Marion Feldman, Rhonda Rider, Terry King, and Yuri Anshelevich. He can be heard on an Innova recording, "A Special Light," featuring music of David Macbride. His attendance at the Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop in 2015 has inspired nonclassical projects ranging to live improvised music for yoga classes. As a scholar, Hayslett's research focuses on temporality in the music of Lee Hyla, and his dissertation is developing an analytical framework based on linguistics to analyze structure in Hyla's music. He has presented his research at conferences across the United States and in Austria, Norway, and Portugal. Beyond music, Hayslett competes in triathlons and enjoys practicing yoga. He currently resides in New York City.