News from Sarah Ioannides

Music Director Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

Music Director Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebrate live- Sibelius' 150th!

In 1865, Johan Julius Christian Sibelius was born in the Finnish town of Hämeenlinna. He would later become the country's national composer, whose music is being celebrated throughout the world this year. 

The Yale Philharmonia and Sarah Ioannides will celebrate the legacy of this extraordinary composer in a concert on Friday, November 6, in beautiful Woolsey Hall in New Haven, CT. And everyone who can't make it to New Haven on Friday night has the chance to watch and listen to the Yale Philharmonia playing Sibelius Symphonies 1 and 2 on a livestream provided by the Yale School of Music. Just visit the website on Friday, 7:30 EST, for a unique chance to hear the Yale Philharmonia conducted by Sarah, and to enjoy Sibelius wherever you are! 

Around the World for the New Season

The start of Sarah's 2015/16 season was international and national. She leads world class soloists and with ten programs in a twelve week span, music ranging from German, to Russian to Scandinavian. 

For her opening concert with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Sarah was joined by the "jaw-dropping" German pianist Andreas Boyde, who played the rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 2 by Tchaikovsky.

Sarah & Andreas with the German American Club of Spartanburg

Quite an unconventional season opener in the Pacific Northwest was a concert at the Washington State Fair with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and the "queen of soul" Patti LaBelle performing hits like "Lady Marmalade" or "On my own".

Washington State Fair, featuring Patti LaBelle, Sarah Ioannides and the TSO

The Washington State Fair concert was followed by the official start of Sarah Ioannides second season as Music Director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. A gala and the opening concert with Andreas Boyde got the symphony audience excited for the 2015/16 season. Sandy Dade, ArtsFund Chair: "The recent opening of the Tacoma Symphony's season showcased Sarah Ioannides in a winning combination with high-voltage pianist Andreas Boyde and an orchestra obviously energized by her leadership!"

Hoy newspaper: "What else! Applause for female conductors!! The audience stands and rewards this special night with prolonged applause and we join them."  

Honoring and showcasing the work of female conductors is the goal of the "National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic" where Sarah conducted a praised concert with Korean-American violinist Kristin Lee, including the national premiere of Carl Nielsen's Violin Concerto.

with the National Symphony of Dominican Republic

Tarrodi, Mozart and Beethoven in Vienna
The following week, Sarah conducted the Austrian Tonkünstler Orchester and violinist soloist Caroline Goulding in Vienna Neustadt. 

“The renowned Tonkünstler Orchestra conducted by Sarah Ioannides performed in the newly renovated Sparkassensaal that now equals locations like the Gragenegg or the Musikverein in Vienna.
The performance was enthusiastically honored by the concert audience: With more than 450 fans of classical music the concert on October 24 was excellently attended.”

 City council for culture Franz Piribauer, Sarah Ioannides,council Erika Buchinger, president of the Sparkassen association Prof. Mag. Werner Jungwirth, vice president of the association Univ.Prof. Dr. Christian Grafl

The coming weeks will see Sarah in four more exciting programs, US premiers, with new works by celebrated composers including Theofanidis, Tinoco, and masterpieces by Elgar, Sibelius, Mendelssohn.


Yale Philharmonia
Sibelius Symphonies 1 & 2

Spartanburg Philharmonic
Theofanides,Elgar, Sibelius
Kristin Lee, violin

Tacoma Symphony
US Premier of Tinoco "Before Spring"
Sibelius & Mendelssohn's Reformation
Caroline Goulding, vilolin

Tacoma Symphony and Youth Chorus
Sounds of the Season

Transylvannian State Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven, Debussy,
Rebeca Ormondia, piano

Spartanburg Philharmonic & Jazz Ensemble
Jens Lindemann, trumpet
Tish Oney, singer

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra
Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn
Recent Reviews

"Sarah Ioannides demonstrated her “unquestionable strength and authority” and great qualities as a conductor, for which she is recognized as one of the most engaging and respected conductors of her generation, qualities that have led to her recent appointment as music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra."
- Diario Hispaniola

"With this beautiful, lovely and unnerving symphonic poem, conductor Sarah Ioannides presented her credentials to the Dominican public, receiving a satisfying answer from the orchestra."
- Hoy

"Director Sarah Ioannides leads the ensemble to responsive and sonorous playing.(...) with clear commitment to their new leader, who manages to be both passionate and meticulous."
- The News Tribune

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra announces Music Director Finalists

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, among them Sarah Ioannides.(...)

“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. “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!”
- Summermusik Press Release
With violinists, Kristin Lee & Caroline Goulding
Sarah Ioannides appears by arrangement with

Marianne Schmocker Artists International
Marianne Schmocker, consultant

 Orchid Media
Alexandra Watson, publicist