Born in Ciudad-Real (Spain), Mari Carmen Garzás García-Pliego started her clarinet studies with Mari Ángeles Gómez-Limón at the School of Music from Daimiel, where she grew up. She completed her undergraduate music studies at the Conservatorio Profesional Marcos Redondo from Ciudad-Real and then continued her Bachelor studies at the Conservatorio Superior Rafael Orozco, in Córdoba, achieving an A with distinction from both of them.

In September 2009 she enrolled at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague (The Netherlands) where she completed her Masters in Classical Clarinet Performance as well as her Masters in Orchestral Performance with Ab Vos as clarinet professor. Whilst there she had the chance to become a member of the György Ligeti Academy in Amsterdam, where she worked with some well-known contemporary composers.

Mari Carmen has been qualified to teach music as National Curriculum subject, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet at any standard. Apart from that, she has also taken clarinet lessons with well-known clarinettists such as Karl Leister, Walter Boeykens, Julian Farrell, Mark van der Wiel, Lenny Sayers, Joan Enric Lluna and Justo Sanz Hermida among others.

Mari Carmen moved to the UK in October 2012 and since then has continued to develop her career as a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player, as well as a music teacher. She is currently woodwind tutor at the Bristol Plays Music’s children and youth orchestras. Her private tuition includes clarinet, bass clarinet, music theory, harmony, analysis and Spanish at any standard.

As a freelance player she has been involved in many orchestral and operatic productions including working for the Bristol Opera and Tessitoura companies, Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra and other local choirs and ensembles. She is currently the bass clarinettist of Impromptu Clarinet Ensemble.

Mari Carmen is currently an artist representative of Devon & Burgani clarinets (for more information about these clarinets please click here.)