Biography

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 Marcos Redondo Conservatoire from Ciudad-Real and then continued her Bachelor studies at the Rafael Orozco Conservatoire, in Córdoba, achieving an A with distinction from both of them.

In September 2009 she went abroad to The Netherlands to study the Master Artistic Research program at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, 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. Subsequently, she enrolled in the Master Orkest, thereby participating in an extent variety of programmes with Residentie Orkest from Den Haag as well as the Symphony Orkest of the Koninklijk Conservatorium from Den Haag.

Mari Carmen has been qualified to teach music as National Curriculum subject, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet at any level. Apart from that, she has also taken clarinet lessons with some well-known clarinettists, such as Mark van der Wiel, Karl Leister, Walter Boeykens, Julian Farrell, 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 her career as a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player, as well as music teacher. She is currently woodwind tutor at Bristol Plays Music children’s orchestra, as well as the Bristol Pre-conservatoire. Her private tuition includes clarinet, bass clarinet, music theory, harmony and analysis, and Spanish at any standard.

As a freelance player she has performed in several projects with Bristol Opera, the theater company Tessitoura and Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, as well as local choirs and ensembles.

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