Evgeni Finkelstein (Russia), head of the jury, is an outstanding classical guitar artist, prizewinner of numerous international competitions. He plays many concerts all around the world and is himself an inspirer, initiator, art director and active participant in festivals for classical guitar. He is holding a professor chair at the State Classical Academy in Moscow, and many of his students have become laureates of guitar competitions. Homepage of Evgeni Finkelstein

Reinbert Evers (Germany) was appointed professor at the Musikhochschule Muenster in 1976. Profound understanding of both classical and contemporary music makes him an honored guest at festivals both in Germany and abroad. Evers' special interest on new music has made him one of the most influential guitarists of our time - he has premiered more than 120 new compositions. He has been a founder and artistic director of numerous music festivals around Europe. Homepage of Reinbert Evers

Kari Äikäs (Finland)
 was the 1st prize winner at the Radio France Guitar Competition in 1974. He became a leading Finnish guitar pedagogue, teaching at Espoo and Metropolia Music Institutes and Sibelius Academy. He has given masterclasses and performed as soloist, with orchestras and Finnish Guitar Trio in Finland and abroad. 

Jan-Olof Eriksson (Sweden) directs the guitar program at School of Music in Piteå/Luleå University of Technology where he was appointed professor in 2006. He has performed in solo recitals and with chamber ensembles throughout Europe and is regularly invited as a teacher, judge and a lecturer in international festivals. He is a prolific arranger and composer whose publications are performed and recorded widely. Homepage of Jan-Olof Eriksson

Heiki Mätlik (Estonia) was the establisher of classical guitar department at the Estonian Academy of Music in 1990 and has been its leader ever since. He is an active solo and chamber performer, having recitals around the world. Heiki Mätlik frequently gives lectures and masterclasses abroad. He has inspired Estonian composers to create new music for guitar, has made over 50 recordings and published several guitar books. Homepage of Heiki Mätlik