Margarita Escarpa began her guitar studies at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid with some of Spain's most distinguished teachers, receiving the highest possible honour, the Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera. She later worked with David Russell, Gerardo Arriaga and Miguel Angel Girollet and has taken part in many of Europe's prestigious courses and festivals. At the same time she graduated at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Mathematical Sciences. As a competitor, she has won major prizes in several important competitions, including the 1990 Concurso Internacional Alhambra in Alcoy, the 1991 Esztergom International Competition in Hungary, the 1992 Concours International de Guitare of Radio France, the 1993 Concurso Internacional Andrés Segovia in Palma de Mallorca, and in 1994 at the Certamen Internacional Andrés Segovia in Granada and the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition in Quebec. Margarita Escarpa works intensively as a concert performer and teacher in Spain and throughout Europe and has a number of recordings to her credit.