One of the most prominent guitar professors working in Austria, Gabriel Guillén was born in Maracay, Venezuela. He studied in South America with Abel Carlevaro, Leopoldo Igarza, Jose Gregorio Guanchez, and Alberto Espinoza. In 1987 he was the prize winner at the Antonio Lauro Competition and was awarded first prize by Rotary International. Internationally acclaimed artist Gabriel Guillen records for Philips and Record. He teaches at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt and the Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria, and has given masterclasses and concerts in more than 34 countries around the world. He is the artistic director of the International Guitar Festival RUST in Austria. He is currently working with the Simon Bolivar orchestra in Venezuela under the direction of Alfredo Rugeles.