Hometown: New York, NY
Pearl de la Motte, 19, is the second of ten children in a musical family and is currently pursuing her undergraduate at the Juilliard School where she studies viola with Hsin-Yun Huang. She began playing the violin at the age of two then switched to viola when she was ten. After being inspired by the viola’s deep and expressive voice, she became very passionate about music and decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a musician while honoring God with her playing.
Pearl was named the first-place winner of the 2019 LJSC Young Artist competition, the 2019 HB Goodlin Competition, and the 2021 American Viola Society National Competition, Senior Division. In April 2019, she received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist award as part of the From the Top radio program and In April 2022 she performed the Higdon viola concerto with the La Jolla Symphony.
Pearl is also a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School.
Aside from music, Pearl enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and designing and sewing clothing.