Cellist Clive Greensmith, former cellist of the legendary Tokyo String Quartet and a longtime Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite, makes his first Reno Chamber Orchestra appearance. He is featured in the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky and the lovely “Minstrel’s Song” by Alexander Glazunov. Sarah Ioannides, Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, guest conducts the program, which also features works by Mozart and Bizet.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Sarah Ioannides, guest conductor
Clive Greensmith, cello

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 251
Glazunov: Chant du ménestrel, Op.71
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Bizet: Symphony in C major


From the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival, an excerpt from Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 with pianist James Winn, violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, and cellist Clive Greensmith.

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Sarah Ioannides
Described by the New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority” and a conductor with “magic,” Sarah Ioannides’ dynamic presence has won praise from audience and critics alike internationally with engagements spanning five continents. Music Director of Symphony Tacoma, and for twelve years the Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most active, engaging and innovative conductors of her generation. Recently listed one of the top twenty female conductors worldwide by Lebrecht’s “Woman Conductors: The Power List” in 2016, she has also been named in the Los Angeles Times as “one of six female conductors breaking the glass podium” and noted in the New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s” Ioannides was awarded the JoAnn Falletta award for the most promising female conductor. Formerly the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, she was the first woman appointed to the full-time conducting staff of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Ioannides also held appointments as Music Director of the El Paso Symphony for six years as Music Director, guest Music Director of the Dessoff Choirs, and Music Director of Oxford University. Her extensive and diverse experience in orchestral, choral, operatic, new works and multimedia performance is equal to her passion to support learning and music education. Visit her website

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Clive Greensmith
Clive Greensmith joined the recently retired Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and performed with the quartet at prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. Previously, he held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Alicia de Larrocha, Sabine Meyer, Midori, András Schiff and Pinchas Zukerman, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label. Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets, and the Mozart “Prussian” quartets. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Meadowmount School of Music.