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He studied guitar at the Academia de Música de Lisboa, where he finished his Degree in 1987 with distinction in the class of the Professor Paulo Valente Pereira. In 1991 he had private lessons with Christopher Lyall. Between 1984-1986 Mr. Mesquita held a scholarship in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He attended several international courses, such as the Costa do Estoril with Alberto Ponce (1980 -1990), Alcoy (Spain) with José Luís Gonzalez (1986) and Santo Tirso with Leo Brouwer, Abel Carlevaro and Roland Dyens. He has also studied with Alírio Diaz and Piñero Nagy. In 2000 he finished his Guitar specialization in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa with the Dirk de Hertogh. Besides this, Mr. Mesquita began, in this same year, to cooperate as a trainees' teacher. In 1998 he was given a prize in the Guitar Contest of JMP - superior level. He has performed several recordings to RDP2 and RFM, both as solo and in several chamber formations, and he has also recorded to RTP1, RTP2, SIC and TVI. He has played a solo, with orchestra as well as in several chamber music formations in the most important festivals and halls. From these ones, it is important to emphasize the concerts which included the duo José Mesquita - Paulo Amorim, the Musicus Ensemble and the Trio de Guitarras de Lisboa. Mr. Mesquita premiered works by foreign and Portuguese composers. He is a member of the Trio Música Viva (flute, viola and guitar), with whom he has recently performed in Portugal and Spain. In October 2004 Mr. Mesquita participated as a Concertine in the 1st Guitar Orchestra constituted in a national level and directed by Bochmann. Since 2004 he has taught together with Tomás Camacho, Margarida Escarpa and Ignácio Rodes Guitar Master Classes and Chamber music and also directed summits in the Estágio International de Orquestra da Região de Leiria/Fátima. Mr. Mesquita has been a jury member in some national guitar contests. In 2006 he was invited to direct the first Guitar Orchestras Training of Tomar (Escola Canto Firme). At present he is working all over the country directing the Ensemble de Guitarras do Orfeão de Leiria (with which he obtained two first prizes in the contest "Os Melhores Alunos do Orfeão de Leiria”), Odivelas' CMDD and the Pro Guitar Ensemble. He is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Leiria and he teaches guitar and chamber music in the Conservatório D. Dinis - Odivelas, where he is member of the Education Council, in the Conservatório de Artes do Orfeão de Leiria and guitar in the Academia de Música de Lisboa.