Alberto Ponce's father was his first teacher. When he was a child he entered the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona, Spain, where, in addition to guitar, he studied piano, harmony and chamber music. He left the Conservatory with a diploma and an Honorable Mention. The Catalan musicologist and scholar Emilio Pujol advised him to enter the Lisbon Conservatory. After three years of study Ponce perfected his technique with him at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena, where he increased his knowledge of the music of the Spanish Golden Age.
In 1962, he won first prize for interpretation at the "Concours de Guitare" in Paris, organized by ORTF. In the same year Alfred Cortot, the director of the École Normale de Musique in Paris, asked him to teach there. There he had an unprecedented pedagogical career, having created one of the most prolific schools of contemporary guitar.
For many years Alberto Ponce was one of the few guitarists to dedicate himself continuously to both early and contemporary music. He influenced numerous artists, including Maurice Ohana, Chayne, Dyens, Ravier, Antonio Ruiz-Pipo, and Yoram Zerbib. He also taught at the National Conservatory of Paris.
- L'art de la guitare
- Si le jour paraît. Composer: Maurice Ohana (1913–1992); Orquesta Filarmonica del Prado; Daniel Chabrun, conductor Arion ARN 38 240 (1974).
Students of Alberto Ponce who graduated from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris / Alfred Cortot
Diplôme de concertiste (Performer's Diploma)
1968 ‑ Richard Riera/ Leticia Alba
1969 ‑ Rafael Andia
1970 ‑ Geneviève Chanut /Jéromine Stefanaggi
1971 ‑ Arnaud Dumond
1972 ‑ Michel Coing
1973 ‑ Michelangelo Severi
1974 ‑ François Martin
1976 ‑ Roland Dyens / Fumito Kurosaka/ Santiago Rebenaque
1977 ‑ Y. Iwanaga/ Luis Martin Diego/ Y. Sakaï
1978 ‑ Pascal Boels /Mike Dezavelle/ Maryvonne Landreau /Shinishi Fukuda
1979 ‑ Philippe Azoulay
1980 ‑ Marianne Renno / Eladio Scharron
1981 ‑ Jean Bruno Rasoloarison / Benoit Schlossberg/ Dominique Daigremont
1982 ‑ Catherine Fayance / Carlos Marin
1983 - Carles Trepat/ Sylvain Cinquini/ François Laurent
1984 ‑ François Moriconi
1985 ‑ Guido Fichtner/ Walter Zanetti/ Dominiqiie Barzyk/ Laurence Munsch
1986 ‑ Stephan Schmidt /Isabelle Etinger/ Jean‑Pierre Cuisinier
1987 ‑ José‑Manuel Lopez‑Mendez
1988 ‑ Murielle Geoffroy / Brigitte Weiss / Richard Montembault / Monica Paolini
1989 ‑ Jérôme Guillien/ Sandro Torlontano/ Roland Ulrich
1991 ‑ Giorgio Albiani / Corinne Freyvogel/ Andréa Gasperi /Yoran Zerbib
1992 ‑ Alberto Vingiano /Roberto Spano/ Adriano Rullo / Marylise Florid.
1993 ‑ Danilo Leggieri/ Renaud Duret / Sylvie Burgos
Diplôme supérieur de concertiste (Advanced Performer's Diploma)
1980 ‑ Jean‑Marc Ankri
1981 ‑ Eladio Scharron
1982 ‑ Dominique Daigremont
1983 ‑ Jean Bruno Rasoloarison
1984 ‑ Claudio Marcottulli/ Tania Chagniot
1986 ‑ Walter Zanetti/ / Guido Fichtner/ François Laurent
1987 ‑ Stephan Schmidt
1989 ‑ Brigitte Weiss / José‑Manuel Lopez‑Mendez
- Summerfield, Maurice J. (2002). The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800 (Blaydon-on-Tyne: Ashley Mark Publishing Co.), p. 228.
- Lichfield, John (January 13, 2003). "Our man in Paris", in: The Independent, p. 7. "Olivier [Pilon] was a student at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Paris... As a disciple of the Spanish classical guitarist, Alberto Ponce..."
- Steinberg, David (February 12, 1999). "French guitarist to open festival", Albuquerque Journal, p. E3. "[Judicael] Perroy studied with Alberto Ponce, one of the premier guitar instructors in Paris."
- (April 11, 2002). "French classic", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p. G27.
- (September 30, 2010). "The smoke, fire are coming from his guitar strings", Winnipeg Free Press, p. D8.