Daniel Pearl Foundation Congratulates Winners of 2006 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violins
Fiddlers from Canada and Texas
Are Recipients of Prestigious “Strings” Award
Los Angeles – September 1, 2006— The Daniel Pearl Foundation congratulates Canadian teenage fiddle sensations John and James
Abrams, and Austin, Texas-based violinist, Phoebe Hunt, who were selected as
the winners of the 2006 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violins. They were awarded their
violins at the Mark O’Connor Strings Conference in San Diego, California, and
will have full use of the instruments for a year.
The Daniel Pearl Memorial violins are crafted by Jonathan Cooper of Maine in
honor of Daniel Pearl, the international journalist and talented musician who
joined classical, folk, bluegrass and jazz groups throughout his journeys,
bridging cultural differences through music.
The Abrams Brothers
http://www.theabramsbrothers.ca/home.cfm) burst onto the Canadian
bluegrass music scene in 1999 when John and James were 9 and 6. (John is now
16, and James is 13.) Like Daniel Pearl, they were initially trained on
classical violin but have since expanded their musical scope to include
playing bluegrass fiddle and mandolin, as well as other stringed instruments.
The highlight of their young careers came in October of 2005 when they made
their debut appearance at country music’s most prestigious venue, Nashville’s
Grand Ole Opry. They also have been featured on a variety of award winning
radio shows and have played at many prestigious bluegrass and gospel venues
and festivals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
“We are honored to receive such a prestigious award, and we plan to ensure
the year that we have this violin is one in which we can uphold the honor of
a man who lived and died for what he believed in,” John and James stated.
Phoebe Hunt, 22, grew up in Austin, Texas, and she has been playing violin
since she was six years old. She currently teaches violin at the Austin
Montessori School and will graduate from the University of Texas this
December with a history degree. Although she was trained as a classical
violinist, the fiddle has become her passion, and she is a member of the
popular Austin-based band, the Hudsons
(http://www.thehudsonsmusic.com/), the self-proclaimed hardest working
band in Texas, which is currently working on their third album.
Commenting on the Award, Phoebe stated, “For me, the fiddle is a symbol of
peace, and I am truly humbled by being awarded the Daniel Pearl Memorial
Violin. Like Danny Pearl, I believe that music is the one pure force that
can bridge the differences between people. Without saying a word, two people
who speak different languages can find a deep connection through a single
note. I will treasure the year that I am privileged to play this wonderful
Daniel Pearl’s murder by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 touched millions who
never knew him. By developing innovative international programs focused on
journalism, music and respectful dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation seeks
to counter the hatred and intolerance that took his life.
Sitrick and Company
Daniel Pearl Foundation