My name is José Marques was born in Portugal in the year of 1973.
From an early age he became interested by the sound of the guitar and other string instruments. However, as it was necessary for many in Portugal at that time, at the age of 14, José began his career as a carpenter. He worked for many years with success, gaining much experience and skills in that field.
Later while living in Alentejo, Portugal, José was fortunate to be introduced to a traditional string instrument luthier, Daniel Luz, and soon found the happiness of being able to learn the art of guitar making with him. José completed a two year apprenticeship in which his master Mr. Daniel Luz taught him the art of building folk instruments and other instruments such as Portuguese guitar, viola campaniça, cavaquinho/ukelele, classical guitar, etc. All handcrafted with passion.
After this learning period with Mr. Daniel Luz, José decided to increase his knowledge and understanding of several world established and respected luthiers of past and present, by studying their techniques.
Today José lives in the UK in Bury St Edmunds where he has a small workshop in which he spends his time building his guitars.
Jose’s main influences are: Antonio de Torres, Jose Romanillos, Hermann Houser , Daniel Friederich and Paulino Bernabé.
Here you can listen one of my guitars in a live performance
Thank you all