Sarah Ioannides, Conductor
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"Live" Concert Footage: Now on YouTube!

Following the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra's 2013-14 season opening, the concert is now available to viewers all over the world on You Tube: Click Here

"That Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra revels in this era of music is evident in their execution of it.By Leah Harrison, Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Dvorak Symphony No.9 "New World") 

Dedicated to performing works by living composers, Sarah & the SPO also gave a performance of Discover the Wild by American composer, Kenneth Fuchs. Sarah started working with Mr. Fuchs prior to two years ago when she and the SPO performed the World Premier of "Falling Man" in a concert to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. (About to be released on NAXOS with the LSO conducted by JoAnn Falletta)

 "As has become her custom, Music Director Sarah Ioannides incorporated a multimedia element into the program, playing a voice message from Fuchs to the Spartanburg audience before they played his piece" Read More ...

Featured soloist was worldwide renowned pianist Cyprien Katsaris. Watch the performance on YouTube


Later this year, Ioannides’ You Tube Channel will launch a full array of videos. Subscribe now for automatic updates.


New Management: USA

Founded in 2012 by Joseph Castellano, Castellano Artists’ mission is to serve the ever-changing performing arts community, meeting the needs of client, presenter and audience.  Joseph Castellano’s involvement in the performing arts industry began in 2005 at Opus 3 Artists (then ICM Artists) where he worked with internationally acclaimed conductors, instrumentalists, composers, vocalists, and touring attractions.


Upcoming: New CD with Opus X Music & Orchestra. Conductor Sarah Ioannides, Grammy Award winning producer Steve Epstein.  
Hear a preview of Libertango on ITunes

Adjudication, Panelist, Educator & Speaker

As an experienced and passionate leader in the arts, Sarah has been called upon to serve national, public, community outreach & educational projects. She was honored to serve as sole adjudicator in the Jan & Beattie Concerto Competition at Brevard Music Festival recently. New affiliations include the School of the Arts at Converse College, where she was appointed Adjunct Professor in Conducting. At the Spartanburg Day School, an international Baccalaureate World School, she has cultivated a Strings Program to provide musical excellence through-out the school year and during its summer programs, which is open to all students in the community. Schools through-out the Spartanburg County may request a visit by Ms. Ioannides through Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra's Outreach Program.


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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].

Full biography at
Sarah and Cyprien Katsaris during SPO's Season Opening Concert. Courtesy of

Sarah with composer, Kenneth Fuchs & baritone, James Maddelena following the World Premier of "Falling Man"
Sarah with Cyprien and her daughter Audrey Rose

Winners of the Brevard Music Festival Concerto Competition with Sarah as Adjudicator


"Superb Performance, Impressive Programming ....and it’s obvious her future is very very bright” Chautauquan Daily

"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra....directed with panache by Sarah Ioannides"  Gramophone Magazine

"Treasures Smoulder with Passion" Buffalo News

"Ioannides baton drives Intoxicating Performance" El Paso Times

"conductor Ioannides showed refined leadership. She was especially impressive" Västeras Tidning (Sweden)
“…Ravishing and Authoritative..”  Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester)

"She had the Tacoma symphony playing to the hilt, and the standing audience along with her”  The News Tribune (Tacoma)    

“The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra reminded us of the innovative programming that has come to characterize the orchestra under the direction of Sarah Ioannides ”    Spartanburg Herald-Journal            

Upcoming Schedule

Sarah will debut with Toledo Symphony & Tulsa Symphony Orchestras, Transylvannan State Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, and Brevard Music Center.

Upcoming Highlights include:
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerti Nos. 2,3 & 5
  • Britten Serenade for Tenor Horn & Strings 
(celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten)
  • Kim Scharnberg Tap Concerto
(World Premier)
  • Marianelli Anna Karenina Suite
(US Premier)
  • Mozart's "Requiem" with Spartanburg Festival Chorus
  • Christmas with Spartanburg Day School Choir & Spartanburg Ballet
  • Symphonies by Saint-Saints, Mendelssohn



  Sarah Ioannides appears by                          arrangement with


     Castellano Artists      in North America & Europe

     Xenia Evangelista communications   in Germany


           IBERKONZERT  in Spain


       Svensk Kosertdirektion 
       in Scandinavia


"I believe in the value of collaborating with other arts organizations which leads to passionate community engagement."

9/11 Commemoration Concert