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Sarah Ioannides conducts
'The Rite of Spring' in the company of Art & Ballet


In celebration of The Rite of Spring’s 100th birthday, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Music Director, Sarah Ioannides, will perform this work along with Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist, Wael Farouk on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Twichell Auditorium at Converse College. In addition, patrons will also get a glimpse into the minds of students who exhibit their visualization of the music through art works, via a multimedia presentation. Dancers from Spartanburg Ballet will add to this exciting event, giving a taste of the initial purpose of this music. The concert will recognize the four finalists from the juried art show, present awards and announce the “People’s Choice” winner. Please make your selection online here by sending a message to Ioannides’ Facebook Page:


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Excerpt from Sarah’s blog
Young Artists Run Riot of Spring


SPO has launched a unique project specifically aimed at engaging young artists, with an active response to the music. This project led to several hundred works of art being created by teenage students throughout the Spartanburg County. The captivating results are now being exhibited at the Spartanburg Chapman Cultural Center in a juried art show, and will also be seen in public locations in the city’s center.


“Great art enriches the world in its creation and its effect to inspire others. Art brings us directly in touch with its creator, and The Rite of Spring is such a direct work that one cannot NOT react to it. At its inception, it was so rare and exotic that it had a very divided audience. Yet, it stood the test of time.”

"So why not have a work that speaks such volumes of vibrance, energy, passion, that evokes the bursting forth of Spring, new life and death, inspire our young artists and have them appreciate in a proactive way. In the work that has been produced I see a direct correlation to the imagery of this ballet, the language and sentiments evoked in the music."


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                                                       Sarah and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

Sarah Ioannides takes the orchestra to new heights of skill and nuance” (headline)
“A nearly full crowd showed up to watch Sarah Ioannides…blaze her way through an audition concert that combined sterling precision with deep nuanced expression”
“Conducting mostly from memory (Shostakovich 5 & Glinka Ruslan & Lusmilla) the British native showed obvious rapport with the orchestra, who were following as one her encouraging but uncompromising direction…her precision and though-out structure was impressive
“Through-out all, Ioannides coaxed and commanded multifaceted nuance with almost balletic grace…she had the Tacoma symphony playing to the hilt, and the standing audience along with her
- The News Tribune (Tacoma), February 25, 2013

“ an unforgettable evening....a treat for the eyes and ears."

- Spartanburg Herald Journal, March 1, 2013

"Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert engaging, innovative" (headline)
“an example of the organization’s success in the realms of newness and experimentation"
 US Premier of Andrea Tarrrodi "Lucioles shimmered and fluttered, creating a glowing soundscape that was at once serene and lively."  

“Ioannides’s weighted timing in the third movement was especially elegant.”

- Spartanburg Herald Journal, January 21, 2013

Sarah Ioannides signs with German Management

In a new partnership with the Munich-based manager, Xenia Evangelista, Ioannides now joins the roster of international artists in European agency: Xenia Evangelista Communications.
Xenia said: "I am very happy to introduce my new partnership with the famous conductor Sarah Ioannides. I am very excited and feel very honored!" 

Commitment to Education 

With Sarah’s commitment to education and the development of young musicians she participates in the following for young people:
Judge for the Jan & Beattie Wood Concerto Competition in Brevard Music Festival

Converse College's Petrie School of the Arts appoints Ioannides Adjunct Professor of Conducting

With a dedication to music in the schools, Ioannides will launch three new music programs  for Spartanburg Day School, international baccalaureate school, that will reach out to the Spartanburg county and beyond to attract young people to the world of music. The programs will incorporate the multifaceted training that Ioannides had as a violin teacher of all ages, a string coach, a participant and conductor of youth orchestras, including National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.

“Sensational Strings” – an annual string program for Grades 1-7
"Within the World of Music" -  Camp Griffin, June 17 - 21 , Grade 6 - 12
"Strings Anyone?" - Camp Griffin, June 17 - 21 , Grade 2 - 5 

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra's Schools Program - April 26:
Now celebrating it's second season of the Carnegie Hall "Link Up" program last friday, "Spartanburg County third, fourth and fifth graders performed with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra" , conducted by Sarah Ioannides, "to music by Ludwig Beethoven and other great composers. About 4,000 students from the seven county school districts participated in performances and learned about music and instruments with the local philharmonic orchestra."

Read Article in the  Spartanburg Herald Journal

View Photo Gallery in the  Spartanburg Herald Journal


One of the leading  young British/American conductors today, Ioannides engagements span five continents. Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, and Music Director of the El Paso Symphony from 2005-11, Ioannides’ successful tenures have established effective community relationships through creative programming, dynamic performances, numerous world and US premiers, educational and county-wide arts projects. 

Recent guest appearances have garnered astounding response from the press who have most recently described her conducting as “passionate”, “ravishing and authoritative”, “sterling precision and deep nuanced expression”, “impressive”, “sophisticated”, “exciting”, “innovative” best summarized by her recent appearance with the Chautauqua Symphony “IOANNIDES LEADS THE CSO THROUGH SUPERB PERFORMANCE, IMPRESSIVE PROGRAM” (headline) “and it’s obvious her future is very very bright”.
Recent guest appearances include the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Nationale de Lyon, North Carolina Symphony, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Västerås Sinfonietta, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester, Cyprus State Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. First female conductor on staff of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Ioannides also served as Assistant Conductor and Production Co-ordinator with composer Tan Dun developing skills in multi-media  and  creative performances.

In the field of opera, Ioannides led the European premiere of Stephen Paulus’ The Woodlanders, garnering acclaim from the Times, The Guardian, The Independent and The Telegraph in the UK. Production highlights include the works of Mozart, Britten and Offenbach, as well as many collaborations with opera companies and festivals worldwide. Opera-Opera depicted Ioannides lyrical conducting technique as one "with the most persuasive of gentle textures, she coaxed from the performers an extraordinary array of sounds. She was grace personified.”

Reviewed by Gramophone music magazine as “directed with panache by Sarah Ioannides”, Ioannides has recordedher debut CD with The Royal Philharmonic and violinist Lara St. John featuring the Suite from the Red Violin by John Corigliano and two world premiers.
Receiving Masters degrees from both Oxford University and the Juilliard School of Music, Ioannides was a Fulbright Scholar while at Curtis Institute of Music and also studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music. Mother to Audrey (5), and twins Elsa and Karl Hartman (3), Ioannides also devotes time to her interests in the sustainability of the performing arts, visual arts, music education, and the health benefits of music, now writing an ‘Impact of Music’ blog.     Read latest post


Photos by Beth Buelow

Upcoming Concerts

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Wael Farouk, piano
Stravinsky 'The Rite of Spring'
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 

05/23/13 & 05/24/13
Cyprus State Orchestra 
Bright Days and Romantic Nights in the Mediterranean 
Elena Mouzala, piano
Symphonic Poem Anerada for Piano and Orchestra
De Falla Noches en los jardines España
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 "Italian" 

Upcoming invitations include:

Cyprus State Orchestra (return engagement)
Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Tulsa Symphony
Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra
Brevard Music Festival
New Haven Symphony 

Click HERE for Schedule

Tom Wright & William Cobb (Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble), Sarah Ioannides & Jens Lindemann.

Sarah Ioannides and Michael Ludwig during a rehearsal in Spartanburg
Sarah Ioannides and violinist, Michael Ludwig in outreach event at Dorman High School.
Sarah with panelists, Richard Higgs (Dean of the School of Arts, Converse College), prizewinners Erin Bochette and Jillian Hoffman & Kathy Zimmerli (Artist and teacher, Chapman Cultural Center) at the juried art show.
Sarah conducting the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

“unquestionable strength and authority”   New York Times 

”once again, Ioannides was dazzling as she led the orchestra in an exhilarating performance” El Paso Times

“Three great works all performed expertly with a sohpisticated guest conductor”  Democrat & Chonicle, Rochester                                                                                               “Treasures smolder with Passion... a standing ovation..In the right hands, though, this music can smolder. Saturday’s concert proved that.”     Buffalo News                  

"The orchestra and its Music Director, Sarah Ioannides, offered compelling proof of the value and importance of an orchestra.”  Spartanburg Herald Journal.

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in Europe
Xenia Evangelista communications

in UK
TenSixtySix Artist Management
Rob Norman, Manager

in Scandinavia

Svensk Kosertdirektion

" Engage, protect and sustain our musical heritage; the return is invaluable. ”
  -  Sarah Ioannides