Jose Manuel Barquero Puntas was born in Guillena (Seville). He began his studies under the tutelage of his uncle, D. Juan José Puntas Fernández, the natural trombone teacher of Guillena (Seville). He then continued his education at the Manuel Castillo Conservatory of Music Seville. He completed his studies withD. Francisco J. Rosario Vega, soloist of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville. While attending school, he also received instruction in master classes from artists such as Francisco Javier Rosario Vega, James Markey, Steve Lange, Toby Oft, Ian Bousfield, Alberto Urrecho, George Curran, among others.
At age 17, Jose was selected to participate in the Andalusian Program of Young Performers, becoming part of the Young Orchestra of Andalusia for three years.
Since 1998, he has collaborated with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, and in 2008, he became solo trombone of that orchestra under its artistic director Pedro Halffter. He has worked under the baton of some of the most prestigious masters of the symphonic scene, such as Rafael Frühbeck deBurgos, Marc Soustrot, Leif Segerstam, Michel Plasson, and John Axelrod.
He collaborates regularly with the Bilbao Orchestra Sinfonikoa, City of Granada Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Galega Symphony Orchestra, ARSIAN Music Orchestra, and Extremadura Symphony Orchestra. He was also selected to be part of the Opera Orchestra of Madrid.
Jose is a founding member of the Andalussian Brass Ensemble, the Maestro José Callejón trombone quartet, and the Bel Cantus Brass Quintet. He participates in national tours, concerts, and radio and television recordings for Canal Sur, Televisión Española, and record companies with artists from the national music scene.
Jose has also taught numerous courses of instrumental interpretation and has conducted master classes in professional conservatories throughout the country.
He has held the position of Bass Trombone Soloist in the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville since 2017.