José-Luis Narváez was born in France in 1953 by Spanish political refugee parents. He began his career in 1968 in Paris, singing at the Club des poètes and learned classical guitar with Antonio Membrado. Then continued his education at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Nicolás Alfonso and Norbert Leclercq.
Back in France, he finished his studies at the Lille Conservatory. He is a Full Professor at the CRD de Gap. As a composer, his works are published in France, Belgium, Quebec and now also by Bergmann Edition, Denmark.