Jose Guadalupe Alfaro is one of the most sought-after vihuela players in the mariachi world. Born in Mexico City in 1959, he began his musical career in the mid-1970s, in the famous Plaza Garibaldi. He studied music formally at the Escuela Libre de Musica, the Mexico City Musician's Union (SUTM) school, and with private teachers. Through the seventies and eighties, Alfaro worked in many hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs of Mexico's capital city, where - as a member of Mariachi Mexico '70, Mariachi Oro y Plata, Mariachi Dos Mil, Los Monarcas, and other groups - he accompanied such artists as Lucha Villa, Maria de Lourdes, Felipe Arriaga, Gerardo Reyes, Beatriz Adriana, Gilberto Valenzuela, Pandora, and Joan Sebastian. In 1988, he joined Mariachi Aguilas de America, the mariachi that recorded most prolifically during the 1990s, and with which he remained for over a decade. Alfaro has recorded extensively with artists such as Pepe Aguilar, Jose Guadalupe Esparza, Alejandro Fernandez, Pedro Fernandez, Vicente Fernandez, Rocio Durcal, Hermanas Huerta, Lucero, Lupita D'Alessio, Angeles Ochoa, Paquita la del Barrio, Julio Preciado, Marco Antonio Solis, Juan Valentin, and Alicia Villarreal. In addition to being a current member of Mariachi Mexico de Pepe Villa, he is a musical director and arranger for several singers, including Guadalupe Pineda, Angeles Ochoa, and Alberto Vazquez. Despite his busy schedule of recordings, performances, and tours, Alfaro still finds time to teach private students.