Suzanna Giordano Gignac

Suzanna Giordano Gignac violin violaSuzanna Giordano Gignac studied violin with Renato Bonacini at the Hartt School of Music and with Kathleen Lenski and Manuel Compinsky at Cal State University Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude.

Suzanna later continued her studies on viola with Alan de Veritch. Her love for early music brought her to study with Elizabeth Blumenstock, Manfredo Kraemer and Simon Standage, and to 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 appeared as a soloist.

As a soloist Suzanna has also appeared with the Santa Monica, Calabasas, and Saddleback Chamber Orchestras. As Principal Viola she has also appeared  with Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Bach Society, Vox Profundis, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Pacific Bach Project, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and La Follia Austin Baroque.

Other groups she has appeared with are Camerata Pacifica, Concerto Pacifica, the San Francisco Bach Choir Orchestra, and the Texas Early Music Project. Suzanna is also a frequent performer on the All Saints’ Episcopal Guild Chamber Music Series in Beverly Hills.

She is a member of the Pasadena Symphony and has also performed with the Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Pacific Symphonies, with LA Opera, and the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s.

Summer performances include the Grand Teton Music Festival in Aspen and the Oregon Bach Festivals in Coos Bay and Victoria.

Suzanna has recorded for Harmonia Mundi.

She is married to chef Jean-luc Gignac and is mom to son Luca.