Combining a love of music with scientific curiosity, Dr. Indre Viskontas is a Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco where she teaches Biological Psychology, Learning and Memory and Myths and Mysteries of the Brain. She is also the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera, Director of the chamber music group Vocallective and host of two podcasts: Cadence, on music and the mind and Inquiring Minds, where science and society collide. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and French Literature at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, her Masters of Music degree in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Defying traditional career boundaries, Dr. Viskontas spends much of her time performing as an opera singer. A versatile and powerful performer, she is equally at home in contemporary and classical opera. Her "bell-like timbre" and "winsome stage presence" are particularly suited for the leading noblewomen in operas from the 18th and 19th centuries, while her intellect, dramatic intensity, curiosity and nuanced acting add depth to contemporary operatic roles. Operatic performance highlights include Musetta in La Boheme, the role of Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women in a production that she co-produced at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kate in John Estacio’s Frobisher co-commissioned by Calgary Opera and the Banff Summer Arts Festival, Heart's Desire in Arthur Sullivan's rarely-performed last opera, The Rose of Persia with The Lyric Theater of San Jose and Aurelia, in Purcell's Dioclesian. with San Francisco Cabaret Opera, and both the Countess (International Lyric Academy of Rome) and Susanna (Opera on Tap: San Francisco) in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. She has also covered the title role in Floyd's Susannah with Pasadena Opera. Her performance as the Water Nymph in a new opera written by David Heuser which was based on one of Aesop's fables, called The Golden Ax, was selected as one of the top two performances at the ninth annual Fresh Voices festival of contemporary music in San Francisco. She also created the role of Irena in Patrick Dailly's Solidarity, the world-premiere of which was performed in Berkeley with the San Francisco Cabaret Opera. In 2010, she created the lead role of Dora in a workshop premiere of Felsenfeld's The Bloody Chamber at the Live Oak Theater in Berkeley, CA and the Galapagos Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, and was hailed as "the musical highlight of the evening" by the Opera Insider. She also created the role of Amelia in a workshop version of Giancarlo Aquilanti’s opera Oxford Companions with the Stanford Orchestra in the Dinkelspiel Auditorium in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Viskontas is an avid performer of chamber music, directing Vocallective, a consortium of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the art of vocal chamber music. Having commissioned composer Noah Luna to create a new arrangement of Copland's songs based on Emily Dickinson poems, she was joined by the award-winning Telegraph Quartet in the premiere of this work. Her passion for the intimate nature of chamber music is reflected in The Ensemble Project, a multi-media endeavor designed to explore the relationship between empathy and music, funded by the Germanacos Foundation. In March of 2011, she performed the West Coast premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s Three Fragments of Ibn Khafajah at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also performed the piece, in Arabic, at Joyce SoHo on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during a marathon concert of music written after September 11th, 2001 by Manhattan-based composers. In February 2012, she performed the West Coast premiere of Fairouz’s Unwritten for voice and chamber orchestra, along with the world premiere of Giancarlo Aquilanti’s Filastrocche for voice, viola and piano, in Stanford University’s Campbell Recital Hall. In 2009, she premiered Josh Archibald-Seiffer's Wat vör shöön Vagel with the Stanford New Ensemble under the baton of Martin Fraile, in the same hall. Other notable performances this past year include Osvaldo Golijov’s Lua Descolorida and How slow the wind for voice and strings as part of the inaugural Alumni Showcase recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and music for voice and string quartet from the Victorian era at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. She has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Golijov on Lua Descolorida during the Banff Summer Arts Festival in 2007.

In 2009, Dr. Viskontas attended the Opera en Creation workshop for emerging professionals in opera at the world-reknowned festival in Aix-en-Provence. Designed to foster the production of new works in opera, this workshop brought together 12 directors, conductors and composers, who spent two weeks working on various projects. Alongside director Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin Vinny, Clue, Yes, Minister), Indre was associate director on a new production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte with Pasadena Opera. Dr. Viskontas has also participated in the internationally-respected Accademia d'Amore baroque opera workshop, which culminated in the performance of staged opera scenes with period instruments in Seattle. She has performed as the soprano soloist in several oratorio works, including St.Cecilia’s Mass by Gounod in Toronto, Cleveland and Chicago, and the Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saens, Magnificat by Vivaldi, and Rutter’s Gloria in San Francisco.

A passionate communicator, Dr. Viskontas made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, a six hour-long episode documentary series that aired on The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and several major radio stations across the US. She was a featured host of the podcast Point of Inquiry, from 2012-2013, and currently co-hosts the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds, produced in partnership with The Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration with The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Huffington Post and Wired. She is a sought-after public speaker and an Editor of the journal Neurocase. Her 24-lecture course called Essential Scientific Concepts was released by The Great Courses as both a series of videos on DVD and audio lectures on CD, as well as streaming online in March of 2014. Her next course, Brain Myths Exploded, will be released in early 2017.