Sonya Nanos

  • Instrument: Cello
  • Member Since: 2019

Canadian cellist Sonya Nanos charms audiences with her brilliant and imaginative tone. Her diverse career has included performances with ensembles such as the Orlando Philharmonic and Quartetto Gelato, as well as artists like Michael Bublé and Andrea Bocelli.

Sonya has been featured in The Walleye Magazine, the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, and has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio. Her orchestral recordings include Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (Analekta), the complete symphonies of Brahms (StuiOF) and a JUNO-nominated album of Canadian works with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra (Analekta). She can also be heard as soloist on an album of chamber orchestra works by American composer Paul Reale.

As an active chamber musician and recitalist, Sonya has been featured on the Lumina series at Lakehead University, Consortium Aurora Borealis, and as a guest on Western University’s faculty chamber series. She was a prize-winner in chamber music competitions at Lynn University and the Glenn Gould School. She has premiered chamber compositions by Greg Sandow (in Suk Hall, Prague), Alfredo Cabrera and others. She has also performed and taught at the Festival Internacional de Música in Loja, Ecuador.

This fall, Sonya begins her second season as a member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. Previously, she was section cellist with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and on faculty at Lakehead University. She has also appeared with Orchestra London (now London Symphonia).

Sonya holds a Master of Music from Lynn University where she was awarded the M. Elizabeth Maddy Cumpton Endowment Award for the “outstanding conservatory student of strings”, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University. She has attended festivals including Meadowmount, the Naotional Academy Orchestra, Domaine Forget, and completed two Banff creative artist residencies. Her teachers include David Cole, Thomas Wiebe, John Kadz, David Hetherington, and Matt Haimovitz.