Acclaimed Portuguese conductor Joana Carneiro is Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and Teatro São 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.
Recent and future guest conducting highlights include engagements with the BBC Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony. In autumn 2018, she conducted Bernstein’s It’s a Wonderful Town with the Royal Danish National Opera and earlier this year she conducted a new production of Carmen at the Royal Stockholm Opera.
Joana Carneiro first led the NAC Orchestra in 2017 for a dance performance in Southam Hall by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. This evening’s performance is her first time leading the NAC Orchestra in a main series concert.
Carneiro continues to be sought after for contemporary programs and she recently made her debut at the English National Opera conducting the world stage premiere of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. She also works regularly with singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
Leila Josefowicz’s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programs and enthusiasm to perform new works. She has premiered many new concertos with composers including John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Colin Matthews and Steven Mackey, all writing especially for her. In 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher prize for outstanding achievement in classical music.
Josefowicz’s 2018–2019 season includes concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and the Toronto and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, working with conductors at the highest level including Jaap van Zweden, Christoph Eschenbach and David Robertson. In recital alongside pianist John Novacek she appears at Madrid’s Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical and the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and she returns to London’s Wigmore Hall.
Leila Josefowicz made her debut with the NAC Orchestra in 1995 and appeared most recently with the ensemble in 2014, playing Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. She has also appeared at the NAC in 2016, in a performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Her most recent recording, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu featuring the Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto, was released in February 2019.
Ian Cameron has made a career working where video and music intersect, from art installations, video projections, art direction and music videos, to live multicamera direction.
As a director, he has worked with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, the Concerto Della Donna choir, as well as other soloists and ensembles. The live concerts he has directed can be seen on CBC and Medici.tv. He has also worked with artists from Kendrick Lamar, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson and F*cked Up, to The Barr Brothers, and created video projections for many notable electronic acts.
In an effort to push his video projection work further, he became a founding member of Montreal band The National Parcs whose video-sample based “videomusic” was hailed as “totally original, and thoroughly invigorating” in a National Post review. His video, sound and light installations have been exhibited at The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.
This is Ian Cameron’s fifth season working with the NAC Orchestra’s Casual Fridays series.
Tobi Hunt McCoy is enjoying another year as Season Stage Manager with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In past seasons, McCoy stage managed the Lord of the Rings Symphony, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Christopher Plummer in 2001 and Colm Feore in 2014, and much of the Orchestra’s educational and Pops programming. In 2014, she co-produced the Pops show On the Air with Jack Everly for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a show they produced in 2007 for the NAC Orchestra.
Additional professional duties have included cheering on Luke and Princess Leia with Charlie Ross, Émilie Fournier, and Eric Ochsner during the Star Wars Pops concert; dressing up in 1980’s finery for All Night Long – Music of the 80s; bracing the backstage doors against the almighty power of Richard Strauss, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the air conditioning system at Montreal’s La Maison Symphonique; providing air-guitar support during the Led Zeppelin tribute concert; and duck wrangling for the Mysterioso Pops concert.
She is excited to be back teaching English and Drama at Lisgar Collegiate.Read full NAC bio ›