Born in Porto, Carlos Ferreira started playing music in his hometown Wind Band, Banda de Vilela, at the age of 5.
He studied with José Ricardo Freitas for 10 years in ARTAVE and Academia José Atalaya in Fafe before entering in the prestigious Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (Porto – Portugal) in the Clarinet Class of Nuno Pinto.
He then he studied in Madrid at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía with the teachers Michel Arrignon and Enrique Pérez Piquer in a post graduation program. He subsequently enrolled in a Master Diplom at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Arno Piters and at the HEMU in Lausanne with Florent Héau.
Carlos Ferreira has won numerous awards, including a 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize at the prestigious Concours de Genève in 2018, the 2nd Prize at the ARD Musikwettbewerb in 2019, and the WEMAG Soloist Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern in 2021.
Invited to perform in the most important festivals and concert halls in Europe, Carlos Ferreira has performed as soloist with different orchestras in multiple countries such as Orquesta Sinfónica Freixenet, Orquestra Filarmónica Portuguesa, Orchestra Filarmonica de Stat Transilvania, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Münchener Kammerorchester, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Orchestre National de France.
In Chamber Music he has performed with Eric Le Sage, Paul Meyer, Lise Berthaud, Pierre Fouchenneret, Emmanuel Pahud, Quatuor Hermès.
Very demanded for masterclasses he has been invited in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, England, Wales, Scotland, Romania, China, United States, Brasil and Mexico.
Academist at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2016, Carlos Ferreira has subsequently worked as second principal clarinet and E-flat clarinet of the Orchestre Philharmonique Monte-Carlo, Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre National de Lille and Principal Clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Currently, Carlos Ferreira is the Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre National de France.
Carlos Ferreira is Artist D’Addario Woodwinds and Buffet Crampon Artist.