José Ramalho was born in Crestuma in 1982.
He began his musical studies with the local Philharmonic band.
José attended the Conservatório de Música do Porto, where he studied for 4 years with Professors Jacob Oliveira and Emília Alves.
In 1999 he entered the percussion course at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho, having studied with Professors Joaquim Alves, Paulo Oliveira, Helena Pereira, Nuno Aroso, Pedro Oliveira, Rui Gomes and Miguel Bernat.
José Ramalho continued his percussion studies at the Universidade de Aveiro with Professor Mário Teixeira and afterwards at the Escola Superior de Música Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE) with Professors Manuel Campos and Miguel Bernat. He also attended master classes with George-Ellie Octores, Angel Omar Frette, Philipe Spisser, Denis Riedinger, Olivier Pelegri, among others.
He was part of the European Youth Wind Orchestra during the tour in Portugal in 2000, and in 2001 he was present at the World Wind Orchestra, in an internship carried out in Schladming (Austria).
He has already performed with several orchestras, such as: Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra do Norte, Filarmonia das Beiras, Aberdeen Music Festival Orchestra (Scotland), Orquestra Internacional de Jovens, among many others.
Since its foundation, José Ramalho was part of the Orquestra Sinfónica da Póvoa de Varzim and of the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa.
In chamber music, he worked with the Drumming percussion group.
From 2004 to 2006, José teached the percussion course at the Academia de Música da Povoa de Varzim.
Since January 2006, he is Soloist A of Orquestra do Algarve, now named Orquestra Clássica do Sul.