Meet the Associate Conductor
Maestro Fleary and members of The McLean Symphony welcome to its staff Dr. Igor Sarmientos, who has been chosen to serve as Associate Conductor. First introduced as a cellist of outstanding skill, he was called upon by Fleary to assist in that capacity on several occasions last season, as well as to coach and conduct. The musical partnership developed in a way that made it clear that both, working together, would benefit the Symphony.
Dr. Sarmientos is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University, where he teaches music theory and world music. Born in Guatemala, he was the winner of the First Prize of the first Latin American Conducting competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Maestro Sarmientos has been invited as guest conductor with numerous top orchestras throughout Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, including the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Moldova Radio-TV Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela, Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, among many others. Dr. Sarmientos made his international debut in September 1990 with the Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra in Mexico City. He is responsible for having introduced “El Sistema” in Guatemala in 1997, reaching hundreds of children and youth in orchestral programs of high performance levels. In the United States, he has led the San Francisco Sinfonietta and numerous university and college orchestras. The Symphony is delighted and honored to have the additional leadership afforded by Dr. Sarmientos.