Faculty & Staff

Dr. Igor Sarmientos

World Music

Adjunct Faculty 
  • World Music
  • Music Theory
  • B.A. Music and Literature, Conservatorio Nacional Guatemala
  • M.M. University of North Texas (Denton)
  • D.M.A, George Mason University

Award Winning Conductor Maestro Igor Sarmientos made his international debut in September of 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 performances levels. He has been a doctoral student at George Mason University since 2011.

More recently, Igor has made appearances as a guest conductor with such orchestras as Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Cairo, Egypt; Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa; Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra; Orquesta Sinfonica de Oaxaca; Orquesta de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico; “Carlos Chavez” Symphony Orchestra; Colima Chamber Orchestra, Mexico; Peru National Symphony Orchestra, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra; Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado do Sao Paulo; Londrina Symphony Orchestra; Bahía Symphony Orchestra; Symphony Orchestra of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, Cuba; Guatemala National Symphony Orchestra; Czech Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Czech Republic; Symphony Orchestra of TV-Radio of Moldova and National Philharmonic of Moldova “Sergei Lunchevici”; Republic of Moldova; Ruse Philharmonic of Bulgaria; Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra; San Francisco Sinfonietta, USA; Chamber Orchestra “August Ardenois”, Guatemala; Symphony Orchestra of the International Festival Paiz of Antigua Guatemala; Interarte Symphony Orchestra, Guatemala City; University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Denton, Texas; and George Mason Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, among others.

In November 1993, Mr. Sarmientos won First Prize at the First Latin American Orchestral Conducting Competition, sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Artists who collaborated included: Kumiko Miyagawa, Carlos Prieto, Jose Luis Sola, Judith Borras, Keiko Abe, Antonio Lauro del Claro, Gianfranco Bortolato, Elisa Fukuda, Robert Davidovici, Carter Enyeart, Raquel Ramirez, Zamira Barquero, Luis Orlandini, Pavel Steidel, Luis Gaeta, Luis Giron May, Licia Lucas, Andres Archila, Encarnacion Vasquez, Marco Rapetti, Birgit Beer, Robert Demaine, Felipe Ramirez, among many other fine soloists. He is a committed pedagogue in all senses and has worked extensively with children and especially with youth orchestras, teaching instrumental conducting studies as well as orchestral performance to young conductors. He has directed and taught various conducting master classes in La Habana, Cuba, (Escuela Superior de Arte) for doctoral candidates, Guatemala, Corpo Musicale San Giorgio, Vedano al Lambro, Italy, El Salvador, Guatemala and Brazil.

His teachers were Jorge Sarmientos (father), Serge Zechnacker, Anshel Brusilow, Anthony Maiello, and Dr. Dennis Layendecker. He has attended several master classes with such conductors as Guillermo Scarabino, Mario Benzecri, the late Eduardo Mata (Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Eri Klas, Jorma Panula, Kenneth Kiesler and Marin Alsop. He holds Bachelors in Music and Literature, Masters of Music and has completed the curriculum of Masters in Philosophy at the Universidad Rafael Landivar. As a scholar, Dr. Sarmientos’s research focuses on the relationship between music and the anthropological, political and social history of Guatemala and its multiculturalism.

Contact Dr. Sarmientos:  dsarmien@masonlive.gmu.edu