Born on 23 February 1976 in South Africa, Katia Guerreiro goes as a child to the island of S. Miguel in the Azores. It is at the age of 15, playing the “Viola da Terra” – a traditional instrument of the archipelago – at the Santa Cecilia Folkloric Ranch, which begins her musical career. Lisbon is his next destination, where she attends the medical school, which ends in 2000. But she always maintains an intense connection to music during these academic years, as the lead singer of a rock band formed in the 60s, but still active, Os Charruas (The Plows).
Her career as a fado singer began in 2000, with her presence at the concert honoring Amália Rodrigues at the Lisbon Coliseum. Audience and critics surrender to their interpretation of “Amor de Mel, Amor de Fel” and “Barco Negro”, considering it the best performance of the night.In the following year (2001), she edits FADO MAIOR, her first CD, which reaches Silver Record in the charts, is nominated for the José Afonso Prize and pioneer in South Korea, where enters the top sales.NAS MÃOS DO FADO is her second CD, released on the market in December 2003. Katia selects for this work a rich and careful repertoire, privileging the poetry of the biggest names in Portuguese literature, among which Luís de Camões, Florbela Espanca, Ary dos Santos and António Lobo Antunes. She is again nominated for the José Afonso Prize.Recognizing in Katia Guerreiro the unavoidable value of Portuguese music, the Japanese television chain NHK brings a team of journalists to Portugal, and produces a one-hour documentary about her life and career. Also the prestigious French cultural channel TV Mezzo produces, in 2004, a film that is entirely dedicated to her. Still in 2004, Katia offers France and Japan with ten performances in each of the countries.In the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the April Revolution, Katia Guerreiro is one of the 30 distinguished personalities among those who stood out in various activities in these early decades of Portuguese democracy.In October of the same year, Katia Guerreiro launches her third CD TUDO OU NADA, with poems by Vinicius de Moraes, Sophia de Mello Breyner and António Lobo Antunes, among others. It also has the presence of pianist Bernardo Sassetti, who accompanies her on the track “Minha Senhora das Dores”.Also this year, Katia is invited to open a new Concert Hall in Bern, Switzerland, and also to perform at the Lyon Opera in France.At the invitation of the French Minister for Culture and Communication, Mr Donedieu de Vabres, she will also attend the RENCONTRES POUR L’EUROPE DE LA CULTURE, held at the Comédie Française in Paris, along with the greats of European and world culture, such as Tereza Berganza, Jeanne Moreau, Costa Gavras, Barbara Hendricks. Katia ends her speech – which includes a speech in her own language – with a highly acclaimed fado sung ‘a capella’, as an illustration of this musical genre. her eloquent defense of the cultural identity of each member state of the European Union earns her the following year as a Member of the European Parliament of Culture.At the invitation of the Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Cultural Center of Paris, Katia presents at this institution a Conference / Concert called O FADO (the first event of its kind for this type of music), with the musicologist and Professor of the University of Évora, Ruy Vieira Nery.As a corollary of the excellence of her work, she received, in February 2006, the FEMALE PERSONALITY 2005 award, disputed by the most important names in the Portuguese music scene, being considered “one of the most beautiful voices of today, combined with an unusual vocal capacity”.
In October 2008 a new album of originals named FADO is released, with her usual musicians and the usual rigor in the choice of lyrics.
In December 2009 she edited FADOS DO FADO, an album that recreates some of the most famous fados from the repertoires of Tony de Matos, Max, Tristão da Silva, Hermínia Silva, Teresa Silva Carvalho, João Ferreira-Rosa and, of course, Amália Rodrigues.
Since 2005 she has collaborated with several symphony orchestras and in 2010 she has toured ten French cities with L’Ensemble Basse-Normandie, who, while not indifferent to her talent and success in France, invites her to a joint project.
In May 2010 – the year in which she celebrates her ten years of artistic career – Katia receives the “Best Performer” award from the Amália Rodrigues Foundation, which annually organizes the Amália Awards. After an intense year of concerts around the world, including a tour of ten Norwegian cities, the 10th anniversary celebrations culminate in two grand shows: Lisbon, the Coliseu dos Recreios, and Paris, the Alhambra, and the edition of the double album 10 ANOS – NAS ASAS DO FADO, where she brings together the best moments of her discography and includes original duets with various artists.In the following years, Katia Guerreiro continues to see her talent recognized abroad, being invited to represent Portugal in important music festivals, such as “Arts Alive” in South Africa, “Voix de Femmes” in Morocco, “International Dance and Music Festival”, in Bangkok, Thailand, among others.In January 2012, for the first time, steps the stage of the mythical Olympia in Paris, with sold out room. A show that gave rise to their first live CD / DVD “KATIA LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA”, released in 2013.
In December 2013, Katia Guerreiro is the Portuguese artist invited to perform at the 50th Anniversary of Europa Nostra, at the Palais-de-Beaux-Arts in Brussels, being applauded by conductor Plácido Domingo.
Later that month, she is awarded by the French Government, with the Order of Arts and Letters, at the Chevalier Degree, which recognized her as one of the most outstanding representatives of Portuguese culture in the world and one of the most brilliant singers of her generation.
In November 2014, her new album of original songs, entitled “Até ao Fim”, was released, which featured the musical production of Tiago Bettencourt.
In January 2015, she was awarded by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic with the Commendation of the Order of Infante D. Henrique, for her invaluable contribution to the dissemination of Portuguese culture and the projection of Portugal in the world.
In October of the same year, she was nominated for the prestigious “Lunas del Auditorio” (Mexico) award, which awards the best shows in Mexico for one year. Her concert in Mexico City in October 2014 was considered one of the top 5 in the Traditional Music Category.
In December 2015, she performs at the closing concert of the Sefarad Montréal Festival in Canada. The show “Andalusian Trilogy” brought together the Moroccan singer Amina Alaoui, the flamenco singer Marcos Marin and the Okto-Echo Ensemble directed by Katia Makdissi-Warren, also artistic director of the festival.
On 30 January 2016, she gives a memorable concert at the Grande Salle de L’Opera de Lyon and becomes the first Portuguese artist to sing on that stage. The 2016 Tour, which begins and ends in France, also passes through Norway, Brazil, Spain and Portugal, where, as ambassador of the “We Love Our Coke with Gastronomy” Festival, she performs in various cities across the country.
2016 also marked the debut of the artist in the cinema. Katia Guerreiro was part of the cast of the movie “Alfama em Si”, directed by Diogo Varela Silva, nephew of Amália Rodrigues, and with the musical direction of José Mário Branco.
In March 2017, Katia Guerreiro is invited to perform at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. In 2017, the renowned Lebanese festival had as its theme “Queens and Empresses of the East”
Later that year, Katia realized the dream of sharing the stage with one of her most admired artists, Plácido Domingo. The common desire to sing together came true in May this year in a memorable performance at MEO Arena in Lisbon.
Her concert at the Luxembourg Cathedral in June this year was considered “a unique and historic moment for Portuguese culture and Luxembourg’s multiculturalism.”
In August she was invited to sing at the Mérida International Theater Festival, at the spectacular Roman Theater where she shared the stage with Arcángel y Las Nuevas Voces Bulgaras.
SEMPRE, her new album, was published in 2018 and is produced by José Mário Branco. This album, for all its surroundings, marks a change in Katia’s career, but when you are a fadista you are always a fadista, because from the root the tree is born and the tree never stops growing.
The album presentation took place at the Belém Cultural Center on February 15, 2019, as part of the Há Fado no Cais cicle, followed by a concert in Zagreb, Croatia, on February 22nd, accompanied by their musicians and Zagrebacka Filharmonija (Philharmonic Orchestra of Zagreb), conducted by renowned conductor Dario Salvi.
During 2019, Katia Guerreiro gave voice to songs by Anaquim, Dany Silva and Renato Júnior, participated in the Tribute Concert to Celeste Rodrigues and Yolanda Soares’s “Opera Spectacular”, and performed in Bezons and Paris (France), Zagreb (with the same Orchestra and Dario Salvi), Brussels (Belgium), Madrid and Segovia (Spain), Trondheim (Norway), Lagos, Alcácer do Sal, Aga Khan Foundation, Guarda, Braga, Vila do Bispo, Loures, Palace of Red Cross, Mafra, Avis, Monsaraz, Valpaços, Tavira and Faro Airport.
In 2019, Katia Guerreiro presented the album “Sempre” in many different places in Portugal – starting at the official launching concert at CCB, in Lisbon, at the beginning of the year, and ending in an emotional concert at the Coliseu do Porto, in November, which took place on the day of the funeral of José Mário Branco (this record producer) – and the world – including a special show with the Zagreb Classical Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Dario Salvi. In early 2020, Katia performed in several venues in France with enormous success, days after her new album was considered by “Le Monde” as one of the best published last year in that country.
It can be said that the promise is being fulfilled and all those who were present in that mystical night can be proud to be part of Katia Guerreiro’s history and fado career. She has been considered one of the most important fadistas between the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the 21st one. She surely makes and will always be part of the History of Fado, alongside those who have left us their inheritance – from those who for more than a century helped to build, develop and preserve the dignity of this song form. Just like Katia Guerreiro, who, one day, inadvertently was marked by Fado for being a Fadista…