PHOEBE HUNT -2006
"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 instrument."
, 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, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in Texas, which is currently working on their third album.