José Carlos Campos was born in Lima, Peru in 1957, where later studied at the National Conservatory of Music with Edgar Valcárcel, Pedro Asato and Celso Garrido-Lecca. In 1985, after graduating in composition, he obtains a scholarship by the French government to study in Paris. In 1990 he returns to Peru to teach at the National Conservatory of Music as well as working as producer for Radio Filarmonia. In 1998 he returns to France, where he obtains a master in musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris. His works has been performed throughout South and North America and Europe.