José Almarcha Márquez was born in Tomelloso, (Ciudad Real, Spain), where he began learning the guitar from a very young age.
In 2009he graduated from Conservatorio Superior de Música “Rafael Orozco” in Córdoba, where he studied flamenco guitar with renowned teachers such as Paco Serrano, Manolo Franco and Niño de Pura, among others.
Prizes and productions:
2004: Semi-finalist in the XXII International Competition of Jerez
2006: Recording of the album “El Quijote hecho flamenco” by Basilio Villalta
2007: Semi-finalist in the XLVII International Competition “Cante de las Minas de la Unión” (Murcia, Spain)
2007: First prize in the II International Flamenco Guitar Competition “Niño Ricardo” (Murcia)
2010: Semi-finalist in the L International Competition “Cante de las Minas de la Unión” (Murcia, Spain)
2010: Composition and direction of the production “Temple Flamenco” for Fran Vilchez flamenco company. The show premiered at the Harlequin Theatre in Madrid to critical acclaim and went on to tour Uruguay and Argentina.
2010: Recording of the album “Me quito el sombrero,” by Enriquito, alongside artists such as Jorge Pardo, Carlos Benavent, Sandra Carrasco and Juan Diego, among others.
2012: Participation in the production Rafael Amargo’s production “Ópera Flamenca,” touring to major theatres in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin.
2015: Release of his first solo work, “Vejezate,” which included the collaboration of artists such as Antonio Canales, Juan Debel, Sandra Carrasco and Oscar Herrero, among others. The work was acclaimed by the critics and well received by the profession.
2015: Musical direction and composition with Gema Caballero for Sara Calero’s production “Cosmogonía.”
2015: Tour of the USA with the production “Momentos,” by Jose Porcel company.
2016: Musical direction and composition for the production “Entrar al juego,” by the great dancer and choreographer Marco Flores. The show premiered at the Villamarta Theatre during the Festival of Jeréz.
2017: Musical direction and composition of Sara Calero’s production “Petisa Loca,” alongside Gema Caballero and The Lab.
2017: Becomes a teacher in the faculty of Flamenco Dance at “Stage Festival D’arc,” Chateroux, France alongside Carmen Iglesias.
2017: Musical direction and composition of the production “Fase Alterna,” by Marco Flores Company.
2017: Musical direction and composition of the production “Ver, oir y bailar,” by the dancer Francisco Hidalgo.
2017 and 2018 Tour of the production “Encuentros” by José Porcel and Antonio Canales.
2018: Musical direction and composition of the production “Concordia,” by the dancers José Maldonado and Lucía de Miguel.
2018: Musical direction and composition of the production “Puntos inacabados” by the dancer Jesús Fernández
2018: Develops and performs the street production “Fandango Street,” with Sara Calero and Gema Caballero.
2018: Musical direction and composition of the production “1993” by the dancer Julio Ruíz.
2018: Musical direction and composition of the production “Término medio” by dancers José Jurado and Isabel Rodríguez.
2019: Musical direction and composition of the production “Bailes Colaterales” by José Manuel Álvarez Company.
2019: Musical direction and composition of the production “Impulsos” by José Porcel Company.
2019: Develops and performs the production “Flamenco Avenue” with Sara Calero and Gema Caballero.
2019: Musical direction and composition of the production “Maramante” by the dancers Lucía Ruibal and Marina Perea.
2019: Collaboration on “Wady,” an album by the brilliant violinist Víctor Guadiana.
2019: Becomes part of Olga Pericet’s company for the production “La espina que quiso ser flor o la flor que soñó con ser bailaora.”
2020: Collaboration with Víctor Guadiana to compose the music for the production “Eclat: fragmento desprendido de un cuerpo que explota,” by the dancer Adriana Bilbao.
José Almarcha has worked extensively accompanying dancers and singers in different companies in the USA, Canada, Russia, Sicily, Switzerland, Latvia, France, Germany, China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, Tanzania, Finland, Sweden, England, Italy and Mexico. He also performs regularly in different productions in Madrid’s top tablaos such as Corral de la Morería, Casa Patas and Las Tablas, as well as in international tablaos such as the legendary El Flamenco in Japan.
He is currently immersed in a number of dance and music projects, including his second solo work “Alejandra