Suzanna Giordano Gignac, (Viola) is a NY native who studied Violin at the Hartt School of Music with Renato Bonacini and then CSU Northridge with Kathleen Lenski and Manuel Compinsky earning a Bachelor of Music degree cum laud.
Suzanna later continued her studies on viola with Alan de Veritch. She is a member of the Pasadena Symphony and has performed with L.A. Opera, the Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Paciﬁc Symphonies, Santa Cecilia Orchestra (Principal Viola) and the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s. Summer performances include the Grand Tetons, Aspen, Coos Bay and Victoria (TX) Bach Festivals. As a soloist, Suzanna has appeared with the Santa Monica, Calabasas and Saddleback Chamber Orchestras. Her love for early music brought her to study with Elizabeth Blumenstock, Manfredo Kraemer and Simon Standage and play under the directorship of Rachel Podger and Andrew Manze. She is co-founder of the period ensemble; Angeles Consort and performs as Principal Viola with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra with whom she has soloed with.
Suzanna has appeared as Principal Viola with La Follia Austin Baroque, Los Angeles Baroque Orch., Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Bach Society, Vox Profundis, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Paciﬁc Bach Project. Other groups she has appeared with are Camerata Paciﬁca, Texas Early Music Project, Concerto Paciﬁca and the San Francisco Bach Choir Orchestra. Suzanna is also a frequent performer on All Saints’ Episcopal Guild Chamber Music Series in Beverly Hills. She has private students and teaches for the Children’s Music Workshop. Suzanna has recorded for Harmonia Mundi. Ms. Gignac is married to chef Jean-luc Gignac and is mom to 12 year old Luca!