Carla was awarded both the First Prize and the coveted Audience Award at the Tibor Varga International Competition in Sion, Switzerland (2001), as well as the first prize at the International “Jean Francaix Competition” in Paris (2006). Other notable awards include prizes at “Isang Yun” Gyeongnam Competition in South Korea, Nuri Iyicil Competition in Turkey, The American String Teachers Competition, the Dutch National Violin Competition and the Juilliard Mozart Concerto Competition prize that culminated in her New York debut with the Juilliard Symphony.
After winning the national edition of the Princess Christina Competition in 1993, she was invited to play Bruch's violin concerto the Netherlands Youth Orchestra. Her first orchestral debut at age 11 was together with violinist Janine Jansen in Vivaldi's concerto. Since then she has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and the US. Highlights include Shostakovich first Violin Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Maestro Vassily Sinaisky, Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Sol Gabetta, Paganini’s first Violin Concerto at the Meistersingerhalle in Nurnberg as well as on tour in the USA and Mozart's 4th Concerto with Maestro Carlos Kalmar at New York's Lincoln Center. She performed in the “Artist International Debut Series” in Carnegie Hall, as well as the “New Masters on Tour” Series in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, Estonia. She appears regularly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Carla has performed at many of the world’s leading music festivals including Verbier (Switzerland), the Geneva Summer Festival, the Tibor Varga Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Sakharov Festival (Russia) as well as the first “Perlman Chamber Music Program” in New York. She played chamber music with well-known artists such as cellist Sol Gabetta, flautist Jacques Zoon, and principal players of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Netherlands Symphony.
Carla is concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Before this she held concertmasterpositions with the Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland, with Dennis Russel Davies as chief conductor, as well as the Radio Chamber Philharmonic under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. She appeared as guest concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Solistes Européen, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, working with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Osmo Vänskä.
The outstanding instruments being used by Carla is a violin of Nicholas Lupot of Paris (1808) on loan from the National Musical Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam. They also provide her with a bow by V. Fétique as well as the use of their baroque and classical bow collection.