Iris Hur, viola
Iris Hur (viola), 16, hails from Paramus, New Jersey and currently attends the Bergen County Academies. She has been a student of Molly Carr and Yi-Fang Huang at the Juilliard Pre-College Division since the age of 11. She was recently named a YoungArts Finalist by The National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists, and had the opportunity to participate in the 2023 National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. Iris is also a returning student at the Perlman Music Program, a 7-week-intensive for gifted string players to study orchestral, choral, and solo work under Itzhak Perlman, Merry Peckham, and Carol Rodland. As an avid chamber musician, Iris advanced to the final round of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Program (CMS), where her trio was selected to perform at Alice Tully Hall and invited to attend its annual gala. This past school year, Iris has also served as the principal violist of the All-National Symphony and has had the opportunity to perform with them in Maryland.
Aside from her musical endeavors, Iris is also an avid writer whose works have been recognized by the National Scholastic Awards and featured in the Best Teen Writing of 2021. She also finds enjoyment in leading several clubs at her high school and spending time outdoors.
Receiving the Award will allow Iris to purchase a new viola bow that will carry her through college and into the professional field. The scholarship funds will also help to pay for private lessons and recording session fees for upcoming auditions.