Prior to her current appointments, Sarah Ioannides was Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ioannides was awarded the Bruno Walter Assistant Conductor Chair during her tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, one of only two awards presented by the Bruno Walter Foundation in the United States during the 2003-2004 season.
She additionally served as Assistant Conductor to composer Tan Dun and as such conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Flemish Radio Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the Oregon Bach Festival. In February 2005 at the request of Tan Dun, Ioannides conducted his Water Passion in Perth, Australia as the first conductor to perform this work other than the composer.
In 2008, Ioannides’ debut CD was released with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist, Lara St. John. Reviewed by Gramophone as being “directed with panache”, the recording features John Corigliano’s Red Violin Suite and two world premiers: the Matthew Hindson Violin Concerto and the Martin Kennedy / St. John arrangement of Franz Liszt’s Totentanz.
Born in Canberra, Australia, Sarah Ioannides grew up in England. She studied violin, viola, piano and French horn at Oxford University where she was an instrumental scholar. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1996, Ioannides entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a conductor and subsequently received a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Juilliard School.
In 2001, she received the JoAnne Falletta Award for the most promising female conductor.