Cellist, Susan Davita Mandel 

Cellist Susan Mandel's diverse interests have led to a career focused in new music and collaboration. 2019-20 season highlights include performances at (le) Poisson Rouge, Playstation Theater, Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn Bowl, Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Hall, and the Highline Ballroom. This season alone, she has performed with major label artists including Hozier, 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. 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 Brooklyn Orchestra, LoftOpera, and the Chelsea Symphony. She is an active musician in Broadway and off-Broadway pits including principal players on Rocktopia, and beginning July 20, Pretty Woman at Nederlander Theater.

Susan is a graduate of New York University for both her Bachelors and Masters degrees where she pursued a combination degree in Performance and Entertainment Business Administration. Her extensive administrative experience includes development and marketing work at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Concert Artists Guild. She is a current faculty member with the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's and The Dream Unfinished activist orchestra.

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.  Her technique is based in the El Sistema philosophy 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 works closely with experimental musicians and has a library of extended technique that she uses regularly and actively in performance and teaching practices.


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