Conductor & Teacher
With adventurous musicality and an infectious stage presence, Ian Passmore leads a rich career as an orchestra conductor and pedagogue. Hailed as “a rising young conductor” with “a palpable enjoyment of the music’s dramatic ebb and flow,” his “powerful” interpretations of the standard repertoire harken back to a bygone generation of conductors.
Following two seasons as the Omaha Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, the orchestra named Ian their Associate Conductor in 2019—a position never before created in its 100-year history. He made his Masterworks debut with the Omaha Symphony in February 2020 in a program featuring the works of Bernstein, Bruch, and Brahms. Ian also maintains an active guest conducting schedule; his previous engagements include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a residency at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. In the 2015-16 season, he was honored as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Ian holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Delaware, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with additional studies at UNC Chapel Hill. He is a member of the League of American Orchestras, the International Conductors Guild Board of Directors, and the honors music society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Ian is now based in North Carolina with his fiancée Dianna Fiore and their two dachshunds, Beethoven and Charlie. When not on the podium, Ian can be found enjoying local restaurants and craft beer, cooking, traveling, road biking, and CrossFit.
Ian Passmore in Performance
Kurt Atterberg, Symphony No. 6 in C major, Op. 31 (1927-28)
"This performance glows. Ian Passmore has a natural, fluid sense of the music. That's hard to define in a conductor, but worth its weight in gold when one encounters it." - Steven Kruger, Fanfare Magazine critic and former conducting artist manager at Shaw Concerts (NYC)