Jourdan Urbach Bio

Jourdan Urbach
15 year old concert violinist Jourdan Urbach has been compared to a “Young Paganini” with “buttery smooth playing and laser sharp technique” by New York Critics. Jourdan has performed frequently in solo recital at major concert halls in the United States, including Carnegie Recital Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room, Lefrak Hall, Steinway Hall, The Tilles Center, The Wortham Center in Houston, and The Kravis Center in Palm Beach. He has also appeared as soloist with The New Haven Symphony, The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, The Long Island Philharmonic, The Doctor’s Orchestra of Houston, The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, The Massapequa Philharmonic, The Long Island Senior Symphony and the LSO of Michigan.

Jourdan made his Lincoln Center Debut on October 22, 2003 as soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, performing The Bruch Violin Concerto (Charles Osgood of CBS News was emcee, and Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, honored Jourdan in his introduction). His performance was also featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, where host Robert Sherman noted that Jourdan was “The one to watch for the future; a brilliant performer.”

Jourdan had an exciting and aggressive concert schedule in 2005, including his Carnegie Hall Debut (Main Stage), as soloist with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto on January 19, 2005. He was also a featured performer at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Florida on January 16, 2005, in a Gala Concert Special for From the Top, the national classical radio show which highlights America’s musical prodigies. On March 8, 2005, Jourdan had the honor of performing at Madison Square Garden at the New York Knicks Game during half-time, as he won the Knicks National Talent Search Competition from over 4,000 young artists. In 2006, Jourdan was a winner in both the LI Senior Symphony Competition, and the Long Island Philharmonic Competition. In April, Jourdan was invited to play his own arrangement of the National Anthem for the New Jersey NETS at The Meadowlands, and received an award for his national humanitarian acts.

Jourdan’s 2005/2006 season has been no less exciting. He was inducted into the Kids Hall of Fame on October 30th, and was a featured performer at the Induction Ceremonies; he performed in Atlanta for the National Multiple Sclerosis Conference in November; performed as soloist with the Doctor’s Orchestra of Houston on February 11th at the Wortham Center; and was engaged as soloist with the Long Island Philharmonic for a week of performances in March. He performed and was interviewed on the Today Show in March, 2006, and was interviewed in April, 2006 on CNN.

Performances in 2006/ 2007 included engagements in Ann Arbor, Michigan with the Life Science Orchetsra to benefit the Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, Skeneateles, NY to benefit NMSS, New Jersey to benefit NMSS, and two performances in Manhattan at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Complex in concert to benefit both The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (which raised over $250,000 from the Benefit concert), and as headline performer for The Children’s Hearing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (which raised over $1,000,000 from ticket sales for this benefit concert). Jourdan’s performances have now raised over 1.3 million dollars for medical charities nationwide. In May, 2007, Jourdan will be awarded New York State’s Prudential Spirit Award in Washington, D.C. for his national humanitarian work.

Jourdan has been a featured guest artist on national television, performing and being interviewed on Good Morning America by Diane Sawyer; The Today Show by Anne Curry; The Caroline Rhea Show; CNN – Lou Dobbs Tonight; CNN Headline News; Inside Edition with Deborah Norville; Last Call with Carson Daly, and Life and Style with Jules Asner and Kimora Lee Simmons. He was also profiled in documentaries by Channel 12 News, WCBS Radio and Channel 10 News in January, 2005. The New York Times, The Daily News and Newsday have published substantial profiles of Jourdan twice, focusing both on his accomplishments as a concert violinist and author. Jourdan’s first novel, Leaving Jeremiah (Goose River Press), is now in its second printing. His second novel, Inside The Music (Goose River Press), a frank but fictionalized look at the world of classical music through the eyes of a group of teenage friends who are prodigies – their struggles, competition, deep friendships, and dreams – was released by Goose River Press in 2005, and is available on Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble Bookstores across the country.

Jourdan has been featured in People Magazine, April 12, 2005, in a profile article entitled “Young People Who Will Make America’s Future.” He was also featured in Time Magazine for Kids. In March, 2006, Jourdan was profiled in Teen People Magazine, chosen as one of Twenty Teens Who Will Change the World, and was honored with a scholarship and luncheon ceremony including members of the media and Hollywood personalities.

Jourdan is a student in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He studies the violin privately with Patinka Kopec, and with Catherine Cho at Juilliard.

Jourdan is the founder of CHC (Children Helping Children), a musical charity foundation which fundraises nationally for pediatric divisions of hospitals and medical charity organizations, and has raised over 1.3 million dollars since its inception. Proceeds from Jourdan’s Carnegie Hall Debut went to benefit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jourdan was the 2006 recipient of New York State’s highest Civil Honor: the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, presented to him in Albany by Governor Pataki in a televised ceremony. He has also received citations from the Nassau County, Town of North Hempstead and New York State Legislatures for his accomplishments in the fields of music and literature, as well as for his great humanitarian work with CHC.

In 2006, as a freshman at Roslyn High School, Jourdan won the Dupont National Science Essay Competition for his paper on: The Role of Laminin in Myelination: Implications in MS. Jourdan’s historico-literary research paper: Writing History or Writing with a Sense of History: A Solar Interpretation of the Samson Narrative was also chosen for publication by the Concord Review—the only national scholarly journal that accepts submissions from high school students. Jourdan is the youngest person ever to be published in the Concord Review. Jourdan was also honored to receive his third consecutive Gold Medal in the Long Island Math Fair for his paper: The Point of Gravitational Exchange: An Original Theorem.

Jourdan’s future goal is to pursue a career in neurology and neuroscience. He attended Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2005 for studies in Biology and returned during the summer of 2006 for advanced studies in neuroscience, as he was chosen to be a participant in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. He also studied and did research for three years at Cold Spring Harbor Labs in neuroscience, specifically in “memory acquisition.” In 2005, Jourdan began his independent research in Multiple Sclerosis (myelin repair), at a cutting edge laboratory at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He presented his first scientific paper: The Role of Laminin in Myelination: Implications in MS at the National Multiple Sclerosis Conference in Atlanta in November, 2005; and his second paper in Houston in February for medical staff and scientists at Texas Medical Center, St. Lukes Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine.

In March, 2007, Jourdan was the subject of a documentary on MTV entitled: Genius and Prodigy.

In July, 2007, Jourdan will begin a summer research internship in the Immunology Lab at Harvard Medical School under Dr. David Hafler.

Jourdan’s present goal is to make a difference in the lives of as many children under hospital care as possible, with his music and fundraising.

Jourdan’s violin is an 1850 Vuillaume.