José Antonio Guerrero Ortiz was born in 1979 in Corpus Christi, Texas, raised in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Guerrero holds a Bachelor from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters fromTexas State University.Having been a performer for twenty-five years, five years of those have been devoted to the study of Flamenco guitar and its music with the Ballet Nacional Folklorico of Corpus Christi, Texas.
He began studying music at the age of 8 under the teachings of classical pianists Kim Bryce and Sarah Reina, as well as classical guitarists Philip Hii, Tony Morris, Michael Soupkup, Michael Perez, Gabriel Ayala, Mark Anthony Cruz (Composer/Classical Guitarist) and under the tutelage of Dr.Kürsad Terci.In addition to this superb instruction, Mr Ortiz has performed in master classes which included the likes of Los Romeros Guitar Quartet (Pepe and Celin Romero), Flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, Fernand Vera from Kithara Duo, Dr Matthew Hinsley (Director of ACGS), and Bolivian guitarist Javier Calderon.
At the age of 18 years, Guerrero Ortiz further expanded his musical direction by joining LatinTalk. As a member of Latin Talk and salsa combo, Mr Ortiz has shared the stage with such influential artists as Strunz and Farah, Jose Feliciano, Lara and Reyes, and Guadalupe Esparza(from the Mexican Norteno group) “Bronco”. Aside from performing in the nationally recognised Texas Jazz Festival, Mr Ortiz has taken his skills to various regions of Texas including Houston, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo andSan Antonio to mention a few. He has also performed in Monterrey, NL, Mexico and Turkey. As a composer, Guerrero Ortiz has been honoured to have three of his compositions for
As a composer Guerrero Ortiz has been honored to have three of his compositions for solo guitar, Prelude, Nocturne, and Fantasia (Homenaje a Dimitri Fampas) premiered by the dedicatee and daughter of Maestro Fampas, Ms Eva Fampas in Athens, Greece in the year 2009, as well as in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, by Professor Cibele Pedroso Rodrigues and Viver BemBallet and Academy of Music, in 2015.