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Jury members



Rafael Aguirre Miñarro (Spain) is an artist whose deep musical understanding and dazzling virtuosity defines him as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation.
As the youngest winner of the Julian Arcas International Competition and the only guitarist who has won the “Schmolz – Bickenbach” competition, Rafael Aguirre received an unprecedented array of international gold medals during 2007, when he won no less than five of the world’s top events, like the Tárrega Competition, or the Princess Christina Competition. Rafael won the Xth Alhambra International Competition in 2010.





Jorge Cardoso (Argentina) Soloist, composer, researcher, doctor and professor of guitar at the RCSM Madrid. He has given concerts in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, and he regularly participates in meetings and festivals, courses, conferences and seminars on radio and TV. As a composer he has written over 400 works for guitar solo and chamber music. He has also published several research studies, essays and numerous articles. His music is regularly performed by guitarists around the world and has been recorded by over 150 performers, highlighting the works included in the CD of David Russell “Aire Latino”, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 (Telarc) for best album of classical music.



José Manuel López López (Spain) studied piano, composition and conducting at the RCSM and improved in Paris. He studied with authors as Vaggione, Boulez, De Paul, Donatoni, Halffter, Messiaen, Nono, Murail and opened to the international avant-garde and electroacoustic techniques and computer music. His music has a special interest in the relationship between sciences – art. Among his numerous awards he won the National Music Prize (2000). He receives commissions from important institutions and performers from around the world and he is considered one of the leading Spanish composers of nowadays. Simultaneously with his composing, he is very active as a teacher and a conference speaker in relation to his work and contemporary music in general.




José Miguel Moreno (Spain) began his musical studies with his father. He developed his career as a self-taught person, specializing in historical performance with original instruments of that time or reliable copies. He is unanimously considered in this field as one of the largest global benchmarks nowadays. He has performed at festivals and music centers in Europe, Australia, Asia and America and his numerous recordings have received the most important awards provided by the critic and specialized magazines. Among others, he has received the “Trujamán de la guitarra” and “Premio Especial Ondas” awards along the Glossa label.




Wolfgang Weigel (Germany) began studying in the Higher Schools of Music in Saarbrücken and Lübeck when he was 16. In 1974, he completed his studies and was qualified as an artist and teacher of music. He studied with the eminent teacher. Karl Scheit in Vienna. His concert tours as a soloist, with orchestra and chamber music groups, have taken him through every country in Europe, U.S., Latin America and Canada, performing at important international festivals. Weigel is a very skilled guitarist in the interpretation of contemporary music for guitar. He has released a multitude of woks from international composers, and feels a special predilection for Spanish music of our time.