Joaquín Franco was born in Tavernes de la Valldigna (Valencia).
He began studying the saxophone with his father and his uncle Francisco Torres when he was 7 years old, and became a member of the Tavernes Music Society.
He entered the Valencia Conservatory of Music with a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science where he studied with Don Gregorio Castellano and graduated with distinction; he was also unanimously awarded the First Class Honours Degree in 1986. He simultaneously worked in Madrid with Pedro Iturralde, and then moved to Paris where he studied for over ten years with the virtuoso Daniel Deffayet.
An internationally renowned saxophone soloist, he has performed in major concert halls in Spain, USA, France, Argentina, Italy, Canada, Japan Etc.
He is currently Director of Studies and saxophone teacher at the Royal Senior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, and is a teacher to the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (Spanish National Youth Orchestra). He is a member of several juries for international competitions. He is an international advisor and artist for the Japanese firm YAMAHA CORPORATION, whose Yamaha 875 custom EX saxophones he plays.