Biography

Guity Adjoodani began playing the piano at age 5 in her native Iran before coming to Washington, D.C., where she continued her studies with Hertha Aldama and Marie Von Unschuld. She holds Masters Degrees in Music (Boston Conservatory} and Social Work (Howard University), and an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance (New England Conservatory). She has studied with renowned pianists Kalju Andy. Theodore Lettvin and Miklos Schwalb.

The recipient of many honors and awards, she was a “Piano Fellow” at the Berkshire Music Festival in Tanglewood, Massachusetts for two seasons playing in master classes of renowned pianists, Claude Frank, Alexis Weissenberg and Andre Watts, and performing under the batons of Leonard Bernstein. Seiji Ozawa, Bruno Maderna, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Winning the Massachusetts Young Artists Competition in 1975 launched her concertizing career, with performances in her native Iran, Europe and the United States, both in recitals and as guest artist performing concerti under the batons of noted conductors Reuben Gregorian, Farhad Farhat, Maurice le Roux and Gunther Schuller. Her U.S. concerts have included performances at the Kennedy Center, Renwick Gallery, and at the Universities of George Washington, Towson. Northeastern and Baltimore. She has been broadcast live on WGMS’s Spotlight on the Artist and overseas by Voice of America.

Ms. Adjoodani has served on the faculties of Boston Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute Extension Division of Johns Hopkins University. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and Baltimore High School for the Arts, while maintaining her own private piano studio for the past 40 years.

In addition to her musical career, Ms. Adjoodani’s interests in social issues led her to pursue a second Masters Degree in Social Work, which she received in 1993 from Howard University in Washington, D.C. This led to a 23 year career as a full-time Social Worker in Child Welfare, working in both Washington, D.C. & Montgomery County, Maryland.

She is the proud parent of two adult children. Bijan Fardjad and llana Salas Oroño who are exceptionally musically and artistically gifted in their own rights.

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. . an impeccable, pianist . . . Adjoodani plays with the soul of the best late-19th-century romantics . . . her tone was opulent, her articulation beautifully defined and her sense of phrasing felt as it it had been imparted to her directly from the spirit of Iranian peasantry.

September, 29, 2004

Washington, D.C, Washington Post

. . . a packed house . . . heard an exciting recital by pianist Guity Adjoodani . . . she played from deep within the music, and identified utterly with the composer’s complex emotions.

September 19, 1991

Washington, D.C, Washington Post

. . . her sensitivity of interpretation touched one memorably . . . a very promising and gifted pianist.. . . Guity Adjoodani covered tremendous territory – from Bach to Scott Joplin – in her debut recital at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater yesterday afternoon and sparkled through most of that varied terrain.

May 20, 1985

Washington, D.C, Washington Post

. . . her sensitivity of interpretation touched one memorably . . . a very promising and gifted pianist.

March 8, 1977

Tehran, Iran, Tehran Journal