Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Sarah Ioannides' dynamic presence on the podium has won praise from audiences and critics alike for bringing fresh ideas, original programs and exciting performances to orchestras across the globe. Receiving Masters degrees from both Oxford University and the Juilliard School of Music, an Advanced Conducting Certificate from the Guildhall School, Ioannides was also Fulbright Scholar at Curtis Institute of Music, while assistant to Otto-Werner Mueller.
Sarah Ioannides’ recent conducting engagements span five continents with recent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. She has also guest conducted the Orchestra Nationale de Lyon, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Västerås Sinfonietta and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. A passionate director of vocal & choral music she has conducted and recorded with the RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, and Bachakademie, Stuttgart. Her recording with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Lara St. John was reviewed by Gramophone music magazine as “directed with panache by Sarah Ioannides”, which features the Suite from the Red Violin by John Corigliano and two world premiers.
Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, Ioannides’ successful tenure is characterized by cultivating traditions and establishing effective community relationships through creative programming. "The orchestra and its Music Director, Sarah Ioannides, offered compelling proof of the value and importance of an orchestra.” (Spartanburg Herald Journal.) She also served as Music Director with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra between 2005-2011 where she was recognized by her innovative programs, multimedia creations.
”once again, Ioannides was dazzling as she led the orchestra in an exhilarating performance” [El Paso Times].
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