Katia was born the 23 February 1976 in South Africa and soon after the family returns to the island of S. Miguel, Azores, where she was raised. At the age of 15 she plays the local instrument, a kind of guitar, at the folk band “Rancho Folclórico de Santa Cecília”. It was the start-up of her musical career. When she graduated high school she leaves to Lisbon to attend medical university course. She graduates doctor in 2000, but the academic years were also spent as vocalist of rock band “Os Charruas”.
In October 2000 she goes on stage in a tribute concert to Amalia Rodrigues in Lisboa and she delights the audience with the best performance of Fado of the night. From then on her career as Fado singer was destined.
FADO MAIOR, her first record, is issued in June 2001 and wins the Jose Afonso Award, reaches the top of sales in South Corea and is represented in Japan by Editora Latina and in Europe by Empreinte Digitale .
NAS MÃOS DO FADO, her second record is issued December 2003. The lyrics are carefully selected among the poetry pieces of the best Portuguese authors like Luis de Camões, Florbela Espanca, Ary dos Santos e António Lobo Antunes. Also nominee to the Jose Afonso Award this work confirms a promising career.
As recognition of her talent the Japanese TV network sends a team to Portugal to produce a piece on her life and her career. In 2004 the French Mezzo channel also produces a documentary on her career that goes on the air in September of that same year. On tour in Japan and France Katia perfoms ten shows in each country.
Worldwide critics pay tribute to Katia’s voice and she is interviewed by the most conceived media channels: RTP, TVI, TVE, TV5, NHK, Le Monde, BBC and others. Katia Guerreiro reveals the Fado to audiences that were unaware and catches the interest of some artists like the Brazilian Zé Renato with whom she comes to share her work.
During the year of 2004 she is commissioned to represent the Portuguese Government in official receptions to foreign governments either in and out of the country.
On the 30st anniversary of the Portuguese Revolution Katia is one of the 30 personalities awarded with the title of the most remarkable Portuguese contributors to the arts and science fields, aside with prominent scientists, concert directors and writers.
In February 2005 Katia accepts the challenge of Martinho da Vila, a brazilian singer, to sing a duet in his new album Brasilatinidade. He considers her as the best interpreter of the new generation of Fado.
In October 2005 Katia issues her 3rd work, TUDO OU NADA, where she sings the poetry of Vinicius de Moraes, Sophia de Mello Breyner and Antonio Lobo Antunes, amongst others. Piano player Bernardo Sassetti plays for her the piece “Minha Senhora das Dores”.
This very year she is invited to open the new Concert Hall in Bern, Switzerland, and to sing in the Opera de Lyon, in France, where she also participates on the Rencontres pour l’Europe de la Culture, at the Comédie Fançaise in Paris, by invitation of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Donedieu de Vabres, aside with Tereza Berganza, Jeanne Moreau, Costa Gravas and Barbara Hendricks. At the end of her argumentation– and after a speech in her own language – Katia offered the audience a dramatic fado “A Capella” as a representation of this particular kind of music. Her eloquent statement for the cultural identity of each member state of the European Union argued for her nomination in the next year as member of the European Cultural Parliament.
The Director of the Cultural Center in Paris of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation invites her, March 2006, to held a Conference/Concert subjected to the Fado (the first event of the kind for this particular type of music) with the musicologist and Professor of Evora University, Ruy Vieira Nery.
In 2006 the album TUDO OU NADA is again released with two new pieces recorded with Ney Matogrosso during his visit to Lisbon: “Menina do Alto da Serra” and “Labios de Mel”. Guitar player Pedro Joia joins Katia in this Portuguese-Brazilian adventure. Katia is now a credited interpreter and a prominent ambassador of the Portuguese music.
The excellence of her talent was awarded with the prize of Feminine Personality of the Year 2005. The people that voted for her considered her “one of the most beautiful voices enriched with unusual vocal ability”.
In October 2008 the last album FADO was released in Portugal. In this album, Katia is even more interested in traditional fado and while making the research in poetry she finds a forgotten name, Fernando Tavares Rodrigues, of whom she sings two poems Ponham Flores na Mesa and Mundo.
In December 2009, she has a new album: FADOS DO FADO, that recreates some of the most famous fado hits of Tony de Matos, Max, Tristão da Silva, Hermínia Silva, Teresa Silva Carvalho, João Ferreira-Rosa, and of course Amalia Rodrigues. About this personal selection, the singer says: "There are themes that become benchmarks, steps that we all pass by. These songs are all good examples of that. "This album has the participation of António Mão-de-Ferro, a musician in the area of blues who Katia considers a gain of originality in this album of classics.
In May 2010- the year Katia celebrates the firts decade of her artistic career- she gets from Amalia Rodrigues Foundation an important award: the one of "Best Performer of Fado".
Since the beginning of her career Katia has performed at the most famous stages all over the world, either on solo or on shows and festivals:
1. In Portugal
Teatro de S. Luiz (Lisboa)
Teatro Camões (Lisboa)
Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisboa)
Aula Magna (Lisboa)
Castelo de São Jorge (Lisboa)
Palácio de Belém (Lisboa)
Castelo de Marvão (Marvão)
Fábrica Balsense (Tavira)
Casa de Mateus (Vila Real)
Coliseu dos Recreios (Porto)
Teatro Batalha (Porto)
Casa das Artes (Famalicão)
Coliseu Micaelense (Ponta Delgada)
Teatro Micaelense (Ponta Delgada)
Teatro Baltazar Dias (Funchal)
Teatro Rivoli (Porto)
Centro Cultural das Artes e Espectáculos (Figueira da Foz)
Anfiteatro Natural de Alte (Loulé)
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Lisboa)
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (Portugal)
La Pedrera (Barcelona)
Sala Luz de Gas (Barcelona)
Casa de Américas (Madrid)
Galileu Galilei (Madrid)
Círculo de Belas Artes (Madrid)
Theatre de La Ville (Paris)
Theatre Trianon (Paris)
Maison des Cultures du Monde (Paris)
Teatro do Canal Saint Sébastien (Martigues-France)
Queen Elisabeth Hall (Londron)
Saporo Symphony Hall (Saporo-Japan)
Fukuoka Symphony Hall (Fukuoka-Japan)
Teatro Mohammed V (Rabat-Morocco)
Teatro Municipal de Tunis (Tunisia)
Opera House (Ankara-Turkey)
Teatro Papagou (Athens-Greece)
Opera de Lyon (France)
Theatre Nacional de Bordeaux (France)
Cathedral de Amiens (France)
Plaza del Rey (Barcelona, Spain)
Cathédral de Reims (France)
World Festival of Sacred Music (Morroco)
Festival de Martigues (France)
Oslo World Music Festival (Norway)
Arts Alive Festival (South Africa)
Internacional Festival of Dance and Music Bangkok (Taiwan)
Festival Strictly Mundial (France)
Atlantic Waves Festival (England)
La Mar de Musicas (Spain)
Sete Sóis e Sete Luas Festival (Italy)
Pirinéus Sur Festival (Spain)
Eurofonik Festival (France)
Voix des Femmes (Morroco)
Festival dos Oceanos (Portugal)
Festival do Fado (Portugal)
Festival Les Musicales (France)
8º Festival de Músicas do Mundo de Vila Real (Portugal)
Portuguese and Foreign Interpreters with whom Katia worked together:
Rui Veloso (Portugal)
João Braga (Portugal)
Bernardo Sassetti (Portugal)
Pedro Jóia (Portugal)
Maestro Rui Massena (Portugal)
Maestro Álvaro Cassuto (Portugal)
Maestro Pang Ka Pang (Pequim, China)
Maestro Vasco Azevedo (Portugal)
Orquestra Clássica da Madeira
Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa
Orquestra Chinesa de Macau
Maria Bethânia (Brasil)
Martinho da Vila (Brasil)
Ney Matogrosso (Brasil)
Zé Renato (Brasil)
Zé Nogueira (Brasil)
Dany Silva (Cabo Verde)
Waldemar Bastos (Angola)
Manecas Costa (Guiné Bissau)
Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia)
Maria João e Mário Laginha (Portugal)
Olavo Bilac (Portugal)
Santos e Pecadores (Portugal)
Marisa Liz (Portugal)
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05/01 - Lisbon - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
- Concert offered to the Museum by the artist
12/01 20h30 - Montigny Le Bretonneux (France) - Theatre ST Quentin En Yvelines - Scène Nationale
15/01 22h00 - Funchal - Madeira (Portugal) - Private concert
09/02 - Feyzin (France)- Centre Culturel
07/03 - Onex - Genève (Switzerland)
08/03 - Guebwiller
09/03 - Delemont (Switzerland)
13/03 - Vanves (France)
15/03 - Taverny (France)
11/04- Paris (France) . Sala Vasco da Gama
13/04- Lisboa (Portugal) - EstorilOpen- Dinner Beneficiency for children with cancer ACREDITAR
15/04- Funchal (Portugal) - Concert in occasion of the visit of the President of Portugal
07/05 - Porto
23/05 - Roubaix (France)
29/05 - Santiago do Cacém, Alentejo (Portugal)
07/06 - Ulis (France)
09/06 - Viana do Castelo (Portugal) - Hommage to Pedro Homem de Mello (portuguese poet)
21/07 - Amarante (Portugal) - Festivities of Amarante
23/07-Martigues (France)-Festival des Danses et Musiques du Monde
24/07-Martigues (France)-Festval des Danses et Musiques du Monde
25/07-Martigues (France)-Festival des Danses et Musiques du Monde
26/07-Martigues (France)-Festival des Danses et Musiques du Monde
27/07-Martigues (France)-Festival des Danses et Musiques du Monde
09/08 - Porto
10/08 - Bordeaux (France)
11/08 - St Leonard (France)
13/08 - Le Touquet (France)
08/09 - Amiens (France) - Festival des Cathedrales
13/09 - Lisboa (Portugal) - World Congress of CardioToracic Surgery
27/09 - Estocolmo (Sweden) - Sodra Teatre
28/09 - Ytterjarna (Sweden) - Culture House Camilla Wiklund
11/10 - Chartre (France) - Samedi Musical
22/10 - Merida (Spain) - Palacio de Congressos de Merida
25/10 - Frouard (France)