Roslyn teen violinist wins national a...

Roslyn teen violinist wins national award

There are 2 comments on the Newsday.com story from May 9, 2007, titled Roslyn teen violinist wins national award. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

“Genius and prodigy are two terms I hate being pigeonholed into”

Roslyn Heights violinist Jourdan Urbach was honored Monday as one of the nation's leading youth volunteers after he raised $1.35 million for medical charities through benefit performances.

Urbach, 15, a sophomore at Roslyn High School, attends classes at The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division in Manhattan. His repertoire this year has included Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5 and Pablo de Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy.

He was one of 10 high school and middle school students selected from 20,000 applicants for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Read more

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Patsy

Hamden, CT

#1 Jul 16, 2007
Enough with this young man already. He hates being called a genius and prodigy? He calls himself that all the time! The MTV documentary is proof of that - he refers to himself as genius or prodigy about ten times. His mother runs his PR and she is out of control. He is a hothouse flower and it is very sad because he has had no childhood. Now he is just full of himself and others will surpass him. You're getting a little old to be called a prodigy, Jourdan, and genius - you are not.
Bex

Hanson, KY

#3 Oct 7, 2008
While I agree that Urbach is a very accomplished, intelligent young man, I do not believe he's a genius or a prodigy. His mother has practically been forcing him to build his college resume since age 2. If everyone was being trained to play a musical instrument and being taught mathematics and high vocabulary at age 2, we'd all be so-called "geniuses" and "prodigies". Jourdan & his mom seem to have one focus in life: to build his college resume. How great it is to say you've written 2 novels by age 13 and are a professional musician. The truth about Urbach's novels is that they suck and were printed by a vanity press (Goose River Press). I researched Goose River Press, and did you know that you have to pay them $30 just to read your manuscript, then something like $1 per page to print??? Urbach's rich parents have basically been buying his title and status as a genius and prodigy his whole life. Poor kid. He hasn't gotten to live a life.

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