He debuted in a stage at the early age of fifteen and in the last forty years he has traveled and performed in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
Some of the performances, in Spain, that stand out have been in the Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Reales Alcaceres de Sevilla and the Museo del Prado -with soprano Teresa Berganza and televised in over 34 countries. As well as solo performances of Villalobos concert for guitar and orchestra with the Torrent Symphonic Orchestra, and in the Festival Andrés Segovia. He presented his compositions for solo guitar, trio, ensemble and orchestra in a dynamic concert that took place in the Teatro Monumental de Madrid which was televised by TVE. Outside the frontiers of Spain he has performed in the stages of the Frankfurt Opera and the Auditorio Nacional de Mexico where more than ten thousand people attended the show. In Poland José Luis interpreted the Aranjuez concert before King Felipe VI of Spain; he participated in the inauguration of the Cervantes Institute in New York City; Premiered Three pieces for guitar by Jose Nieto in the Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade; and has been invited many times to tour in Argentina. In Turkey he interpreted the Aranjuez Concert and a Suite of his composition in the Izmir Opera. He has participated in Hollywood productions like Of Love and Shadows and Goya’s Ghost by Milos Forman, as well as in Spanish movies with music by Carmelo Bernaola, Tomas Marco or Jose Nieto.