José Sousa was born in Lisbon and started his piano studies at the Instituto Gregoriano in the capital when he was 7 years old. After completing his schooling in Piano and Choral Conducting, he went on to study Music Education and Piano Pedagogy and graduated from the Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa and Coimbra College of Education, taking part in a number of music courses.
He dedicates most of his life to pedagogical study: Piano Pedagogy, Music Education, and teaching children of an early age. He is an associate teacher of exam programs, being recognized as a reference teacher in piano teaching.
As a teacher, he achieves significant results. His students from a young age have achieved high marks and won many awards in national and international competitions.
Currently he works at Escola de Musica da Malveira, where he is Pedagogical Director, and is Director of the Piano Department. As leader of the school, he has initiated new departments and introduced new areas including Early Music, Modern Music, and Jazz.