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. Last year she won a position as substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra. Most recently, Sonia played with Lyric Opera of Chicago for a one year position in their 2018/19 season and just won a cello section position with the orchestra in December 2018. She is returning to Tanglewood for her fifth summer, this being her second year as cellist of the New Fromm Quartet program.