Jose Marques was born in Portugal.
From an early age he became interested in the music of the guitar and other string instruments. However, as it was necessary for many in Portugal at that time, at age of 14 Jose began his career as a carpenter, which he continued for many years with success, gaining much experience and skill in this field.
While living in Alentejo, Portugal, Jose 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. Jose apprenticed for two years with Daniel Luz and was taught the art of building Portuguese Guitar, Viola Campaniça, Ukulele, classical guitar and several other instruments. All being built by hand. After this learning time with Mr. Daniel Luz Jose made a decision to increase his knowledge and understanding of various world established and respected Luthiers of past and present, learning their techniques and more about materials, etc. Today Jose lives in the UK in Bury St Edmunds- Suffolk where he has a small workshop building his concert guitars. Jose's main influences are:
Antonio de Torres, Jose Romanillos, Hermann Houser and Daniel Friederich.
You can listen some of the instruments in "videos"
If you would like to try my guitars, buy or know more about me please contact:
phone: 07931 049952
Bury St Edmunds