Carla Pires began her singing career in 1993, participating in several musical projects, recording soundtracks and playing roles as an actress for TV series in Portugal. For three years she played the young Amalia Rodrigues in the successful Portuguese musical about this fado idol.
Carla Pires established herself as a fado singer in 2008, when she embarked on a 10-concert tour of France and also performed in Spain, Austria and Algeria. Since then, she has constantly toured internationally, entertaining audiences in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America with almost 400 performances around the world.
Some of the highlights were performances at prestigious venues such as Osaka Symphony Hall, Okayama Symphony Hall, Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall, Kobe International House, Nakano Sun Plaza-Tokyo (Japan), Graz Opera (Austria), Vlaamse Opera Gent, Södra Teatern (Stockholm, Sweeden), Concertgbow, De La Mar Theater, Schowburg Roterdamse, Rasa (Netherlands), Cirque d’Hiver and Théâtre de la Ville(Paris, France), Teatro Solís (Montevideo, Uruguay) and many others.
Following her debut album Ilha do meu fado (Ocarina,2005), Carla released Rota das Paixões (Ocarina/World Village, 2012).
In 2014, at the invitation of the prestigious Portuguese choreographer Vasco Wellenkamp, Carla Pires embarked on tour of 42 dates through The Netherlands with the show Fado, a co-production between the Portuguese National Contemporary Ballet and the International Danstheater (Amsterdam) about Fado, with live music performed by the singer. This show won the Audience Dance Award 2014.
Pires’ third solo album “AQUI” was released in April 2016. "AQUI" sings of the city of Lisbon - female, free, diverse - where so many genres meet fado, such as tango or samba… and where they find a natural union in the voice of Carla Pires and the instruments of the musicians.
Following the launch of the album, 2017 saw the start of the “Aqui World tour, with concerts in France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland and a 14-concert tour of Japan, between 28 October and 14 November, at the best venues of the main cities: Kasaoka Civic Hall |Okayama Symphony Hall |Arkas Sasebo |Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hbg Hall | Higashi Kurara Hall |Izumo-Shi Shimin Kaikan | Kobe International House |Osaka Symphony Hall (2 concerts) | Nara-Ken Bunka Kaikan | Wakayama Municipal Auditorium |Joyo City Cultural Center | Nakano Sun Plaza Hall (Tokyo).
On stage, supported by excellent musicians and their distinctive sound, Carla Pires has a remarkable presence and the power and talent to thrill her audiences. She is a great singer with a unique voice, which carries the Fado and its special feeling through amazing musical roots.
⊗ AQUI World Tour 14-concert tour of Japan, between 28 October and 14 November 2017, at the best venues of the main cities.
⊗ FADO won the Dance Audience Award 2014 (Danspublieksprijs) for best performance in The Netherlands. Carla Pires was the fado singer of this performance.(Feb.2015)
⊗ Showcase at Babel Med Music, Marseilles (March 30,2012)
⊗ Performance at the World Expo in Japan in representation of Portugal .(May 22, 2005)
⊗ 1st prize at the Thessaloniki Festival (Greece 1996), organized by the European Societies of Authors on behalf of the Portuguese Society of Autores (SPA) with the song "Canção do Vento e da Terra".