Helder gives us the greatest proof of his talent. The way he gives color to words, how he improvise, how he finishes sentences, everything about him has grown amazing… ”.
(Nuno Pacheco, in Ípsilon)

“His voice reaches sublime moments here (‘Manual do Coração’). New fados that one day will surely be great… traditional fados ”.
(António Pires, in Time Out)

“From the first to the last chilling second, (‘O Manual do Coração’) is an album of absolute mastery in the design of a ‘fadista’ sound that does not strive to sound like fado… It is the album of an admirable performer”.
(Gonçalo Frota, in Público)


Helder Moutinho was born in Oeiras in 1969. The sea and Fado were always present in his life. From his family he gained the natural love for the Fado, growing and coexisting always in the most traditional means of this art. The thirst for singing has made him part of this universe as enthralling as it is mysterious and complex. He is a Fadista! In late adolescence, after also identifying with other musical styles, Fado began to gain an increasing importance in his life. The appeal of Lisbon becomes inevitable. After the sea, it is the Tagus who calls for him, revealing the city of the passions, the fado houses, the nostalgic and poetic nights that will inspire him to write his own poetry for Fado. In the fado casual encounters, by night and with other lovers of fado, the first poems of his authorship began appearing and later he recorded them in its first album - "Sete Fados and Alguns Cantos" (1999). A debut that can be considered "miraculous": his recording goes hand in hand with the development of another fundamental side of Helder Moutinho. The "will to make happen" led him to production and management, first at HM Music and now at MWF - Music Without Frontiers. Helder Moutinho is an architect of dreams.

He began singing at Nónó, Bairro Alto, in 1994, when he also participates in the Fado Cycle of Mãe d´Água, in Lisbon, the European Capital of Culture; joined the cast of Taverna do Embuçado alongside artists such as Beatriz da Conceição, Celeste Rodrigues and Teresa Siqueira, where he sang for seven years, and at Parreirinha de Alfama, where he performed alongside Argentina Santos.

In an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of the Fado gatherings of bygone days, His name is still closely linked to the birth of some of the most emblematic Fado Nights in Lisbon: the opening of the Mesa de Frades in 2003, the nights at Chapitô, near the Castle; the evenings in Bela Vinhos e Petiscos, in Mouraria; Saturdays spent at the Fábrica do Braço de Prata; until the most recent recovery of the mythical Casa da Severa in Rua do Capelão, where Maria da Mouraria was born, finally his own house of Fados.

Since his debut álbum in 1999, Helder Moutinho has so far released four more albums – averaging one new album every four years, the time it takes to think, ponder and mature each year. His discographic works, all of them obeying a concept, a will, an idea or belief: “Luz de Lisboa” (2004), which won the Amália Rodrigues Prize, “Que Fado É Este que Trago” (2008), “1987 ”(2013) and the more recent, released in 2016,“ O Manual do Coração ”. 

Albums that have earned him the highest acclaim from expert critics and the growing affection and admiration of the public in Portugal and many other countries.

In 2018 he received the Prestige Award at the 2nd Voz do Operário Fado Gala, in Lisbon.




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