Joana Carneiro is Principal Conductor with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon. From 2009 to 2018, she was Music Director of Berkeley Symphony, only the third music director in the orchestra’s 40-year history. She also serves as official guest conductor of the Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra. Carneiro has appeared as a conductor with the BBC Symphony, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (which she led at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2017), the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, among other ensembles. Highlights of her interpretations of the contemporary repertoire include the world stage premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary for English National Opera, and productions like The Book of Disquiet, an opera by Michel van der Aa after the book of the same name by Fernando Pessoa. She holds the Helen M. Thompson Award of the League of American Orchestras and, in her native Portugal, has been decorated with the Commendation of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique.