Mario Kurtjak je kitarist, profesor kitare, skladatelj, kemik in doktor znanosti. Na Akademijo za glasbo v Ljubljani je bil sprejet pri 16 letih kot izreden talent in leta 2010 diplomiral summa cum laude v razredu prof. Andreja Grafenauerja. In 2018 he completed another MA study of guitar in the class of Prof. Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has received first prizes in national and international competitions, the Antonio Tarsia award, the Škerjanc prize, the February prize of the Logatec Commune, the Prešeren award of the Academy of Music Ljubljana and the Blyth Watson award at the Royal Academy of Music. He has been actively performing as a soloist and a chamber musician, with a diverse repertoire, including his own compositions.