My name is Daniel Martínez López and I was born in the city of Cordoba, Spain, July 1993.
I started playing the guitar in the year 2000 when I began studying in Córdoba’s Professional Conservatoire of Music. The story behind wanting to be a guitarist at only 7 years of age has a lot to do with my family’s relationship and involvement with music; my father plays Spanish guitar (not professionally) and my uncle is a classical guitar teacher in Córdoba’s Professional Conservatoire of Music. He specialises in ancient music forms and is considered one of the best lutenists in the world.
Having said that, at such a young age I still wasn’t aware of the different types and styles of guitar that existed. For example, I couldn’t differentiate classical guitar from flamenco guitar and I can still clearly remember how on one Sunday morning in the year 2000, my father explained the difference between the two to me. I started to listen to Paco de Lucía, Vicente Amigo, Manolo Sanlúcar, as well as classical guitar and laúd barroco, amongst them, my uncle Juan Antonio Martínez.
I chose to study flamenco guitar as I fell in love with its expression, its rhythm and its emotion and I have my father to thank for helping me make this choice.
I learnt to play the guitar at the hands of respected teachers and artists such as Paco Serrano, Juan José Gutierrez, Fabio Bosh, Guillermo Ligero, Carlos Pacheco, Manolo Franco, Daniel Navarro “Niño Pura”, Manuel Martín del Campo, Gabriel Expósito, Gabriel Muñoz, Juan Antonio Expósito, Carlos Álvarez, Paco Carvajal, David Pino and so many more that I have had the pleasure to work with throughout my 14 years of study.
I am licensed in Flamenco Guitar and was the first student to obtain the title in Elementary Grade, Professional Grade and Licensed Grade since the official grading system begun.
Since I was little I have always loved the guitar and flamenco, but like every teenager my interests also lay in playing with my friends and doing things teenagers do. I had spent from the age of 7/8 going to school during the day and attending my professional music institute in the afternoons and evenings, finishing homework and assignments at night or in between classes. This is where I have my mother to thank, for taking me to my classes day after day, for looking after me and for making me what I am today, a guitarist. Due to such a strict work schedule, there were times when I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue with music but my mum made it her priority to remind me how much I loved playing flamenco guitar and that you have to work hard and fight for your dreams.
I feel proud and privileged to have performed professionally in various productions within Great Britain as well as teaching students at my own music venue in Cordoba since the age of 16. I am very proud of what I have achieved and I will be forever grateful to everyone who has helped me reach my goal in life- to do what I love doing for a living.
Hard Work, Effort and Passion.