Ever since he began performing at the age of seven, violinist Jourdan Urbach has combined his love of music with a commitment to philanthropic causes. It is a template that not only defines his career, but calls into sharp relief the power of classical music to inspire lives, while focusing attention on social issues.
To quote Urbach, “The music is designed to be heard, but it is also to be used to further the greater good.” In applying this attitude to his own non-profit, Concerts for a Cure, he has been able to raise well over five million dollars for cutting edge neurological research, benefitting international organizations targeting the eradication of debilitating disease; and funding the largest music therapy center in America, at the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital.
For all of this philanthropic success, however, the talent behind this philosophy of giving back stands on its own. Reviews of Urbach’s performances brim with the kind of superlatives that would spark envy in artists three times his age: “A young Paganini” says one. “Buttery smooth playing and laser sharp technique,” reads another. Robert Sherman, host of WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase proclaimed him “the one to watch for the future…a brilliant and persuasive performer,” and accolades too numerous to mention continue to come from critics and audiences alike.
With repeated sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, musical collaborations with multi-platinum artists like Clay Walker and Emmy-winning composer Chris Caswell, and even solo appearances on Steve Martin’s Grammy-winning “The Crow,” Jordan Urbach’s career continues to form the stuff of classical music legend—and, one might add, all for a man who is only twenty-one.
Still, for all of these accomplishments, he has been able to offer, as a composer, achievements that rival even some of his other career distinctions. While at Yale he was chosen to compose more than a dozen original scores for works like Metamorphoses, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Arcadia in professional productions by the famed Dramat and Theater Studies Department. His work was described as “captivating” and “one of the most ambitious undertakings Yale Drama has ever heard.” He was also asked by the Gold Coast International Film Festival to re-score the iconic opening “Beach Head” scene from Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, which was famously left blank by John Williams in the original release.
Accomplishments such as these continue to bring Mr. Urbach well-deserved media attention. He has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, CNN-Lou Dobbs Tonight, and CNN-Weekend News, just to name a few. Profiles on him have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post, andTeen People Magazine, as one of “Twenty Teens Who Will Change the World.”
Mr. Urbach’s spring engagements in New York include performances at WMP Concert Hall, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Carnegie Hall, and Steinway Hall. He is represented exclusively in Europe and North America by Dmitri Vasilievich Sarnov and DVS Worldwide.
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