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Jourdan Urbach, 15, of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., a sophomore at Roslyn High School and a student at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division in New York City, has used his reputation and highly acclaimed abilities as a violin prodigy to raise more than $1 million for national charities focused on neurological illnesses. When he was just 7, Jourdan met an internationally renowned neurosurgeon, who took Jourdan on a tour of a pediatric intensive care unit. “I saw firsthand the suffering of children with neurological diseases,” Jourdan said. “I left with a strong determination to bring these children some measure of peace, temporal enjoyment, a little contagious enthusiasm, and a reminder of what’s outside the ICU door.”

Jourdan recruited other musical prodigies from Juilliard and began presenting monthly performances for children in hospitals throughout the New York City area. Jourdan then realized that he could do even more for kids with neurological illnesses, by drawing upon his fame and contacts in the classical music world to stage benefit performances for large audiences. Since then, he has headlined a series of concerts, including a gala evening at Carnegie Hall, two recitals at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a performance at the Wortham Center in Houston. All of the proceeds have been donated to charities such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and Beth Israel Medical Center’s Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Jourdan also promoted neurological research by delivering lectures for national medical organizations, and appearing on network television programs.