Julien Kurtz started the piano at 5 and got his initial training from Catherine Silie, a former assistant of French pianist Pierre Sancan.
Later on, he studied in the Marseille conservatory, then in the Cachan Music school, where he got his piano degree in 2002. He is currently studying with French pianist and pedagogue Bernard d'Ascoli in Aubagne, within the Piano cantabile association.
He took masterclasses with Mikhaël Pethukov, Dimitri Bashkirov, Mûza Rubackyté and François-René Duchâble.
In 2011, he won 2nd Prize in the Moscow international piano competition for outstanding amateurs, and the 3rd Prize in the Boston competition in 2007.
He has performed in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, China and Madagascar, as well as on many occasions in France.
Julien Kurtz graduated from the "Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan" in Social Sciences and has been a teacher of Social Sciences in High School in France. He also worked with French musician Jean-François Zygel, assisting him in the many different aspects of his work (radio, TV, shows at Théâtre du Châtelet).
He is now the Artistic Director of the piano festival Les Amateurs virtuoses! which he founded in 2008 with his associate Dominique Xardel.