Karenia Garrido, teaches piano, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute. She was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba (OSN) playing clarinet and bass clarinet from 2010 to 2012. She joined the Houston Latin American Philarmonic in 2013.
Karenia is a 2006 honor graduate of The Higher Institute of Arts, La Havana, Cuba, earning a BA in music. She began her career as a member of the Holguin Symphony Orchestra, where she was appointed Principal Clarinet in 2004. She appeared as a soloist in 2005-2006 performing the Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerti, No.1 and No.2. Karenia as a member of the OSN has several recordings such as Música Sinfónica Cubana, 2012, Colibri/Dablin House Records and Musica para Piano y Orquesta, José María Vitier, 2012.
In addition, she attended The Music Conservatory “Jose M. Ochoa” Holguin, Cuba and was Director of the Cuban Wind Ensemble “Opus”. She was awarded the First Prize and Best Interpretation of Cuban Music in the Regino Rotti Contest, Guantanamo, Cuba in 1998, and won Second Place in 1996.
Her rich experience as a clarinetist allowed her to join the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba participating at The World's Symphony Festival of Moscow, Russia 2010, The International Ballet Festival of La Havana, XXII edition, where she performed as Principal Clarinet in the mise-en-scene of Swan Lake. She performed in many noted music events in Holguin and Havana Concert Seasons, the Cuban Symphony Orchestras Convetion I,II, III editions and the National Symphony Orchestra first tour in the United States, performing over 22 concerts in different universities and important venues such as: Kauffman Center of the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO, Symphony Hall, Allentown, PA, Mechanics Hall Worcester, MA, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Bronx, NY and Mahaffey Theater, St Petersburg, Fl. In Houston Karenia teaches piano, teaches clarinet, and teaches flute. Karenia's music classes accommodate all the levels of of musicians.