Musician Profiles

Susan Gulkis Assadi

Principal Violist of Seattle Symphony since 1992, Susan Gulkis Assadi enjoys a varied career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Hailed by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for her “uncommon warmth and beauty of timbre,” Gulkis Assadi has appeared often as a soloist with Seattle Symphony.

In 1998, she helped inaugurate Seattle’s Benaroya Hall with Yo-Yo Ma in the Orchestra’s performance of R. Strauss’ Don Quixote. David Stock’s Viola Concerto, written for her to perform with Seattle Symphony, was released spring 2004 on Innova Records to critical acclaim. In June 2006, Gulkis Assadi played the West Coast Premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s Viola Concerto. She also performs regularly with the Seattle Opera, Seattle-based Music of Remembrance and The Governor’s Chamber Music Series, and was a founding member of the Bridge Ensemble. She has happily spent the last 10 summers performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival. Recently, she has coached and given master classes at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

Gulkis Assadi received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet. After playing in numerous chamber orchestras, including The Brandenburg Ensemble, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and the European-based New American Chamber Orchestra, she began her orchestral career as the Principal Violist of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra before coming to Seattle.