Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, World of Children Award present ‘An Evening with Jourdan Urbach’


On Saturday, Sept. 10, critically acclaimed Juilliard violin virtuoso Jourdan Urbach will play a solo concert during an event presented by the World of Children Award and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. The event will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe home of World of Children Award co-founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz.

New York music critics have called Urbach “a young Paganini” and rave about his “buttery-smooth playing and laser-sharp technique.” The New York Concert Review called Urbach “superlative” with “impeccable technique and exquisite artistry.”

The 19-year-old prodigy and Yale sophomore has played four sold-out concerts at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and will share a World Premiere Composition during his one-hour concert for the community of Rancho Santa Fe.

Urbach is featured on comedian Steve Martin’s Grammy-winning bluegrass album, which was released by Capitol Records in 2009; and was commissioned to compose the film score for the short film “Elah and the Moon,” by director Vera Mulyani, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2009 and The Cannes Film Festival 2010. Urbach has also been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN-Lou Dobbs and the CBS Sunday Morning Program with Charles Osgood.

In 2010, Urbach was honored with the prestigious World of Children Youth Award for his work for children through the organization he founded, Children Helping Children/Concerts for a Cure, which has raised $4.8 million to date to fight neurological disease and create groundbreaking pediatric hospital programs in music therapy. While performing in hospitals at the age of 7, Urbach discovered that music could stimulate the brain and spark healing in children with neurological problems. After seeing a previously unresponsive child react to his music, Urbach decided to dedicate his life to sharing the power of medicine and music to help heal.

At just 9 years old, he began gathering musicians and entire symphony orchestras, headlining with them to perform “Concerts for a Cure” at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and dozens of other prestigious venues around the country to raise money for pediatric neurological care and research.

“The Rancho Santa Fe community has been so inspired by young philanthropist Craig Kielburger, who visited with us and was also a World of Children Award honoree,” said Christy Wilson, executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. “Jourdan Urbach is another young amazing World of Children honoree who is using his talents as a major force to change the world for children in need and we are truly honored to welcome him into our community.”

World of Children Award co-founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz welcome Rancho Santa Fe residents to attend this exclusive one-hour concert and reception to enjoy the music of Jourdan Urbach, and to learn more about their nonprofit organization serving vulnerable children world-wide.

Often referred to by the media as the Nobel Prize for Child Advocates, the World of Children Award provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children. By discovering and elevating only the most effective changemakers for children worldwide, the World of Children Award sets the gold standard in child advocacy.

To learn more about this event please contact the World of Children Award Office at (925) 399-6410, or email Seating is limited, so early RSVPs are encouraged.