A native of the Chicago area, Cathy Basrak has been Assistant Principal Viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Principal Viola of the Boston Pops Orchestra since 2000. Ms. Basrak earned her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where her teachers included Joseph de Pasquale and Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet.
Ms. Basrak has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, where Ms. Basrak gave the 2009 world premier of John Williams’ Viola Concerto, which was written for her, under Maestro Williams’ baton. Ms. Basrak has also performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble and Boston's Metamorphosen Ensemble.
Ms. Basrak has won several awards, including Grand Prize in the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition, First Prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition, First Prize in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and Second Prize in the 46th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. She currently teaches at Boston University and New England Conservatory. She lives in the Boston suburbs with her husband, BSO timpanist Tim Genis, and their three daughters.