Jur received the "Heroes Among Us" award given by the NBA's Boston Celtics to “individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others,” and for “exceptional and lasting contributions.” She got a standing ovation in the 17,000-person stadium, and was congratulated by the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Lottery, Paul Sternburg; the Boston Celtics owner, Steve Pagliuca; and many others on November 15th 2013.
Juri began her musical career playing classical piano at age 3. She joined her Mother's rock band as a keyboard player at age 4. At age 11, she won her first composition competition in her region in Japan. Born and raised in Japan, Juri came to the United States for the first time at age 17 as an emissary for the Japanese Government and was greeted by the Japanese Crown Prince and Princess. After returning from the U.S. she decided to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. She received a world tour scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music at the age of 21.
Juri's super active and motivated works include 4 of her own composed (3 self-produced) full-length albums and 1 DVD, playing and recording for other artists, numerous gigs, and local and national tours including a national tour with Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Juri also studied music in Ghana, Africa to strengthen her sense of rhythm, dancing, and singing. She has worked as a musical director and pit player for many shows, worked as an accompanist at Berklee College of Music, and as a pianist for Boston Ballet School. Juri has also performed at many political events for prominent politicians including United States Secretary of State John Kerry, Boson Mayors Thomas Menino, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and many more.
Juri is the president and founder of her own nonprofit organization, Genuine Voices , which teaches music to juvenile offenders in the Department of Youth Services and at-risk youth in the Greater Boston Area. She started and expanded her program, which has reached many different juvenile detention centers and after school programs in Massachusetts, Washington state, and Arizona. She has also presented a paper at the IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) world conference in Rome and at Northeastern University.
Overcoming PTSD caused by physical and sexual abuse and homelessness, Juri continues to thrive and to serve the community using her experience and talents through Genuine Voices, music, mentorship, and through public speaking about prevention of abuse and violence in our society.
She has spoken at Berklee College of Music; Showa University in Japan; Career TEAM; Nagareyama City in Chiba, Japan; Plugged In Teen Band Program; the Women United for the Advancement of African Countries Conference; both the Newton and Needham Rotary Clubs in Massachusetts; and at Arizona State University.
After graduating from Boston University School of Management's Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Juri founded “Founders Circle,” a support group to bring nonprofit founders together to discuss issues and brainstorm about developing their organizations.
Along with her musical career, Juri enjoys motherhood, and maintains a modeling and jewelry career.