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A native of Lisbon, Joana Carneiro began her musical studies as a violist before graduating in conducting at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, where she studied with Jean-Marc Burfin. She took her master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University as a student of Victor Yampolsky and Mallory Thompson, and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Kenneth Kiesler. She is the 2010 recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award, conferred by the League of American Orchestras to recognise and honour music directors of exceptional promise. In January 2009 she was named music director of the Berkeley Symphony, succeeding Kent Nagano. She also currently serves as official guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, working with the orchestra at least four weeks every year. In March 2004 Joana Carneiro was decorated by the president of the Portuguese Republic with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique.

Role: Conductor 
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