Sonia Mantell, Cello - MM '16
Sonia Mantell, cellist from Orland Park, Illinois, studied at New England Conservatory and DePaul School of Music under the tutelage of Natasha Brofksy and Brant Taylor respectively. She was appointed co-principal cellist of the NEC orchestras and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. While attending DePaul, she won the Concerto Competition with violinist Ari Urban and performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the DePaul Symphony. She has attended summer festivals at Aspen, National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Sonia has been an active performer in Chicago: she won a substitute position with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed with both the CSO and their MusicNow series of contemporary music. She has played with Music of the Baroque and the Rembrandt Chamber Series. Sonia also participated in the inaugural year of the Barnes Ensemble Festival in Philadelphia, PA. She won a position as substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra and played with Lyric Opera of Chicago for a one year position in their 2018/19 season, eventually winning a cello section position with the orchestra in December 2018. She also returned to Tanglewood for a fifth summer in 2019, performing as cellist of the New Fromm Quartet program for a second consecutive year.
Sonia recently announced that she will be joining the cello section of Minnesota Orchestra as of September 2020.