Madis Kari started his clarinet studies at the Haapsalu School of Music. He continued his studies at the Tallinn G. Ots Music School with Olev Pikknurm and at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Hannes Altrov. In 1993 he studied at the London College of Music with Prof. David Campbell and continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Prof. Julian Farrell. In 1997 he successfully entered the postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music (Prof. Colin Courtney), where he won the Frederick Thurston Clarinet Prize and the Senior Exhibitioner grant in the same year. In 1998 he won Third Prize in the Howarth UK Clarinet Competition with pianist Marko Martin.He has worked as Principal clarinet at the Richmond Chamber Symphony in London, since 2002 at the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and at the Tallinn Music High School.