This month, Joana Carneiro marks her long-awaited debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, featuring Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra together with a short work written by the remarkable Anna Clyne and a Chopin piano concerto with frequent collaborator Benjamin Grosvenor. Joana’s focus on contemporary repertoire is a constant, both in her orchestral repertoire and in opera; recent UK opera appearances include The Handmaids Tale with ENO and Nixon in China with Scottish Opera. She was most recently with the Helsinki Philharmonic where she is a regular visitor; elsewhere in the UK she has recently performed with BBS Scottish, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia, and later this season she will appear across Europe with Brussels Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Finnish Radio, and Paris Opera Ballet.

Joana Carneiro is Principal Guest Conductor of the Real Filharmonia de Galicia and Artistic Director of the Estágio Gulbenkian para Orquestra, a post she has held since 2013. She was Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa at Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon from 2014 until January 2022.  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 was also official guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra from 2006 to 2018.

Joana’s other guest conducting highlights in recent and future seasons include engagements with BBC Symphony in London, the National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland),  Royal Stockholm, Castilla y Leon, and La Venice in Europe.  Further afield, she has performed with National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, Los Angeles Philharmonic in the United States, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Beijing Orchestra in Asia, and Sao Paulo State Symphony in South America.

Joana comments on her forthcoming debut in this interview on the orchestra’s website:

Photo credit: Dr Dave Weiland