The son of pianist Anton Kuerti, Julian is the founder and artistic director of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop in Berlin, and is currently assistant conductor to Ivšn Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Julian Kuerti is also a violinist and holds a degree in engineering physics.
Shi-Yeon Sung received in April the second prize in the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, in Bamberg, Germany, and was the first female winner of the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition in Frankfurt last year.
Sung began her conducting studies with Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, and holds a master's degree in piano performance from the Berlin University of the Arts. In August 2006, she started advanced conducting studies with Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.