Joana Carneiro

Principal Conductor, Orquesta Sinfonica Portuguesa
Music Director, Berkeley Symphony
Guest Conductor, Gulbenkian Orchestra

Biography

Noted for her vibrant performances in a wide diversity of musical styles, Joana Carneiro has attracted considerable attention as one of the most outstanding young conductors working today. In 2009, she was named Music Director of Berkeley Symphony, succeeding Kent Nagano and becoming 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, working there at least four weeks every year. In January 2014 she was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica Portuguesa and Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon.

Carneiro’s growing guest-conducting career continues to develop very quickly. Recent and future highlights include engagements with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Gothenburg Symphony, as well as a production of Van der Aa’s Book of Disquiet with the London Sinfonietta.  In 2016/2017 she will make her debut with the San Francisco Symphony, at London’s Barbican with the Britten Sinfonia, and at Theater Bonn in Germany.

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Reviews

“Carneiro and the orchestra dug into the music with zest, evoking rugged, earthy life and passion, calm respite and mystical ceremony”

Los Angeles Times

“It helps that the ENO performance is so impressive. It’s superbly conducted by Joana Carneiro, who gets fabulously intense, committed playing and singing from the ENO orchestra and chorus, while the three principal soloists are all, in their different ways, remarkable.”

The Guardian

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“Carneiro and the orchestra dug into the music with zest, evoking rugged, earthy life and passion, calm respite and mystical ceremony”

Los Angeles Times

“It helps that the ENO performance is so impressive. It’s superbly conducted by Joana Carneiro, who gets fabulously intense, committed playing and singing from the ENO orchestra and chorus, while the three principal soloists are all, in their different ways, remarkable.”

The Guardian 

“First performed in concert two years ago, The Gospel According to the Other Mary receives its first theatrical production here. English National Opera has engaged an almost entirely American cast and creative team, using only the home choral and orchestral forces, conducted forcefully by the Portuguese Joana Carniero.”

The Telegraph 

“The Other Mary is ultimately a choral piece more than an opera, and the ENO chorus and orchestra carry the bulk of it, their vastly demanding parts shouldered with huge aplomb. The Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro is at the helm of the entire tour de force, pulling together this magnificent and suitably impassioned creation.”

The Independent 

“Carneiro led the orchestra in a suave, rhythmically assured performance that brought out the music’s winsome charm…”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle 

“… the 36-year-old Portuguese conductor is charismatic, a dynamic figure on the podium… Carneiro drew a transparent performance from the small orchestra for which the piece is scored…”

Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News 

“Joana Carneiro began her second season… leading the orchestra in vibrant and sonically powerful accounts of music… There was plenty to admire in the evening, but what seemed most striking were the strength and depth of the strings, the clarity and precision of the woodwinds and brass, and the almost effortless ease with which everything fit together.”

Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle 

“The young Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro, is energised, clear, balanced and, above all, striking. ”

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald