Joana Carneiro - Berkeley Symphony

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Joana Carneiro

Music Director Emerita


Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro is Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica Portuguesa and Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon. From 2009 to 2018 she was Music Director of Berkeley Symphony, succeeding Kent Nagano as only the third music director in the 40-year history of the orchestra. She also currently serves as official guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra.

Recent and future guest conducting highlights including engagements with the BBC Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (whom she conducted at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in December 2017), Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the BBC Philharmonic. In Autumn 2018 she will conduct Bernstein’s “It’s a Wonderful Town” with the Royal Danish National Opera and later next season she will conduct a new production of “Carmen” at the Royal Stockholm Opera.



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