Cellist, Susan Davita Mandel 

Cellist Susan Mandel's diverse interests have led to a career focused in new music and collaboration. 2017-8 season highlights include performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, Playstation Theater, Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall, Highline Ballroom, and The Firehouse Space. This season, she has performed with major label artists including eminem, Skylar Grey, Pharoahe Monch, Alicia Keys, Amine, gnash, and Tori Kelly on NBC's Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
As an avid chamber musician with passion for contemporary music, Susan has performed with some of New York City’s most accomplished artists including with her partnership with Kenji Haba, guitarist in their cello/guitar duo, Duo Anova, and her folk chamber-pop band, all boy/all girl. She has performed regularly and recorded with artists such as composers Matt Davis and Joey Contreras, singer/songwriters Amy Vachal, and Jihae Kim. Susan has also appeared regularly with LoftOpera and the Chelsea Symphony.
Susan is a graduate of New York University where she pursued a combination degree in Performance and Entertainment Business and continues her graduate studies at NYU studying administration. She is a current faculty member with the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's and The Dream Unfinished activist orchestra and is a member of the Lincoln Center Student Advisory Council.

Teaching Philosophy

Susan has several students throughout the New York City and Tri-State area. While under the tutelage of Professor Marion Feldman at New York University, Susan was inspired by her pedagogue of cello.  She uses many similar techniques while involving her own experience in multi-genre music to formulate a guideline that is unique to each student's goals and talents.


Outside of her classical training, Susan enjoys working with jazz, rock/pop, folk, and hip-hop ensembles. She can be seen every week on Sunday morning collaborating with musicians at Trinity Grace Church TriBeCa. She works closely with folk singer-song writer Amy Vachal utilizing improvisational techniques. 


As a classically trained musician, Susan is involved in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the city. She has performed in String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Chelsea Symphony, and Ureuk Symphony. She has performed at Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, St. Luke in the Fields, and (le) Poisson Rouge.