Jean-Philippe Wurtz was born in 1968, he studied at the National Conservatoire of the Region of Strasbourg. He continued his studies at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and received instructions from Ernest Bour whom he met in Strasbourg. At the same time, he was admitted as a student to the International Eötvös Institute where he studied with Peter Eötvös. There, he conducted the Asko and Contrechamps ensembles.
In 1998, he founded the LINEA ensemble devoted to contemporary music. In 1994, he was assistant to Kent Nagano at the Lyon Opera, then to Friedemann Layer at the Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Orchestra, which he regularly conducts. Since then, he has led an international career as a conductor, with special focus on contemporary music.
He has conducted the following orchestras/ensembles: Orchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc- Roussillon, l’Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre National des Pays des Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble oh ton, Ensemble Alternance (Paris), Ensemble Court-Circuit (Paris), Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Ensemble Kattrall (Zürich), Ensemble Plural (Madrid), Ensemble TIMF (Seoul), Ensemble and Orchestras of Music Highschool in Paris, Bremen, Essen and performed many premieres, among them pieces by Klaus Huber, Rihm, Eötvös, Jarrell, Pagh-Paan, Lenot, Asmus, Yeznikian, Dufour, Heyn, Koch, Lang, Sprintz, Dumont, Filidei, Lim, Sannicandro.