Suzanna Giordano Gignac, (Baroque viola) Co-Director of Angeles Consort is a NY native. She studied violin at the Hartt School of Music with Renato Bonacini and then CSUN with Kathleen Lenski and Manuel Compinsky earning a Bachelor of Music degree cum laud. She later continued her studies on viola with Alan de Veritch. 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. Suzanna performs with Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Baroque Orch., Bach Collegium San Diego, Los Angeles Bach Society, Vox Profundis and Santa Fe Pro Musica (all as Principal Viola); has soloed with Musica Angelica and has appeared with Camerata Pacifica, Texas Early Music Project, Concerto Pacifica and the San Francisco Bach Choir Orch. She has performed in many early music festivals including Germany’s Tage Alter Musik Regensberg, England’s Brighton Early Music Festival , CA’s Corona del Mar Bach Festival; San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and Texas’ Victoria Bach Festival. Ms. Gignac is married to chef Jean-Luc Gignac and mom to 6 year old son Luca! Ms. Gignac performs on a 1784 Leopold Widhalm viola.