The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has announced the five finalist candidates for the position of Music Director who will lead the orchestra starting in fall, 2016. They are: Donato Cabrera, Sarah Ioannides, Kelly Kuo, Daniel Meyer, and Eckart Preu. The position of Music Director of the CCO has only been held by four conductors in the past 41 years: Paul Nadler (1974-1984), Gerhard Samuel (1984-1991), Keith Lockhart (1992-2000), and Mischa Santora (2001-2014).
“We at the CCO were both humbled and flattered to receive nearly 200 applications from three continents for the position of Music Director,” said search committee chair and Board Vice President Wes Needham. “The committee has spent over six months in its review, and has had the pleasure of getting to know many talented candidates. The CCO has a long history of excellence in artistic leadership, and we have labored enthusiastically to find a passionate, vibrant leader to continue our tradition of world-class chamber music. We are excited to arrive at this stage in our process, and announce the five finalists for the next Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.”
Sarah Ioannides will be familiar to Cincinnati audiences, since she is a former assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and former Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (2002-2004).
“I am thrilled to return to Cincinnati and feel very honored to be selected as a finalist in the Chamber Orchestra’s search for a new Music Director,” said Ms. Ioannides. “Cincinnati has remained in my heart since I left the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s conducting staff and took the reins of my own orchestras. I am excited about the possibilities ahead for Summermusik and look forward to creating a very special, exciting and memorable evening with the orchestra next summer!”
Ms. Ioannides will guest conduct the CCO at her audition concert that will take place August 27, 2016.