Tanya Ell joined the cello section of The Cleveland Orchestra in February 2007. Ms. Ell previously was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2003-04 season, and was appointed acting assistant principal cello of that orchestra in 2004. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Aldo Parisot, and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Ms. Ell has participated in a number of summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival, and Spoleto USA. She has won first prize in several competitions, among them the Aspen Concerto Competition, Interlochen Concerto Competition, Lansing Symphony Concerto Competition, and the University of Toronto Concerto Competition.