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"José Luis brings the classic style of traditional Flamenco into the modern era with not only jaw-dropping technique, but with a depth of emotion that will cause a powerful awakening in the hearts of his listeners"

"Jose Luis trae el estilo clásico del flamenco tradicional a nuestra era, no solo dejando a todos con la boca abierta, sino causando un profundo despertar en el corazón de quienes lo escuchan"


Berto Boyd

President of the Corvallis Guitar Society, 2018

Photo: J. Manuel Alconchel

José Luis de la Paz is considered one of the best guitarists of his generation. He is a virtuoso and his work as a composer and as a performer make him a guitarist who transcends beyond traditional flamenco.


De la Paz has received various awards during his career, both in competition and in recognition of his work. He earned his place in the book Agenda Flamenca by Félix Grande in 1990 as one of the best guitarists of his generation.



Among his collaborations, he wrote the music for Ballet de Cristina Hoyos, Belén Maya and for Siudy Garrido. As such, José Luis has collaborated with great Flamenco artists like José Mercé, Farruquito and Antonio Canales and with artists from other disciplines like Concha Buika, Colin Farish, Big-Band Raíces, Federico Britos.


In 2018 Jose Luis performed the Aranjuez Concerto with the Des Moines Philharmonic Orchestra and received a US Artists nomination. In his dealings with symphonic music, he collaborated with the Amor Brujo show for Ballet Flamenco, with artistic direction by Siudy Garrido, for the L.A. Philharmonic and conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel in 2015 at the Disney Hall & 2019 at the Hollywood Bowl. 


Other accolades include the Marquis Who’s Who Foundation for contribution to the arts during 2022-23, and his name was inscribed in the US Library of Congress.


In recent years in the USA, de la Paz has created new recordings, highlighting his albums “Introspective” (2020), “Olé-Olá” (2022) and his live projects “De la Paz Sinfónico” (2023), “De la Paz Trio” (2020-2023) and “Solaz” (2023) awarded by Isadora Duncan Foundation as the best production of the year.




Diez por Uno (available on Spotify)

Olé-Olá (available on Spotify)

Introspective (available on Spotify)

Escenas de Yerma (available on Spotify)


Featured Albums:

Bailaora, mis pies son mi voz by Siudy Garrido (2 Grammy Nominations)

The east of the evening star by Collin Farish

Tapiz by Susana Behar

Big-Band Raíces

Awards and Distintions:

Marquis Who’s Who (2022-23)

Finalist of Guggenheim Awards, New York (2017)

Nominated Best of YouTube by Pulse Radio-TV (2017)

Nominated as a US Artist Fellowship – US (2016)

Annual Awards “Cuarto de Cabales” – Flamenco Associations - Huelva (2009)

Honored with the Medal of the City of Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona (1990)

“Giraldillo” Prize (2nd place) at Flamenco Biennial of Seville (1990)

National Prize, Flamenco Guitarist at Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona (1989)

Honorary Distinction “Carabela de Plata” of the Peña Flamenca in Huelva in recognition for his International

Trajectory (1989)

Annual Master Artists (COPE) Radio Popular (1988)

Press Association Special Prize - Huelva (1987)

2nd National Prize for Young Interpreters at Bienal de Seville (1984)

International Guitar Prize at - Jerez de la Frontera (1983)

Finalist at the National Competition of Flamenco Guitar - Jerez de la Frontera (1981)

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