The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation was created in 1991 by Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists and humanists of the twentieth century, as a non-profit association by royal decree.

Its mission is to remind political, cultural and educational institutions of the central place of art and creativity in any process of personal and societal development. His vision was to bring to life long-term projects, designed to give a voice to the voiceless, through artistic expression in all its forms. As the parent company, the International Foundation coordinates a network of associations that are the national operators of programmes such as MUS-E® network.

Drawing on Yehudi Menuhin’s humanist work, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation initiates artistic projects that give a voice to the cultures present in Europe.


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Promotion of the arts at school to encourage the inclusion of children from all backgrounds | Coordination of the MUS-E Network active in 11 countries 


Support to artists

Organisation of trainings and residencies for young emerging artists - Promotion of a network of artists ambassadors 

Alessano (LE) 15.09.2019 Festival Muse Salentine. The concept of Yehudi Menuhin Foundation’s residence at Muse Salentine Festival, is to revisit some of the repertoire dear to Yehudi Menuhin by including elements of traditional music and bringing together classical artists and musicians from an Italian folk tradition background. The programme embraces composers Yehudi Menuhin particularly appreciated, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Turina, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Grappelli and Reinhardt as well as works from the European traditional repertoire. Invited musicians include soloists from the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, musicians proposed by MUS-E Italia and a special guest of honour: the Italian violinist Alessandro Quarta.


Organisation of concerts delivering strong messages

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Innovative projects

Initiation of innovative projects aiming at providing sustainable and creative answers to the crucial issues facing our societies 



It would be naïve to imagine that playing a violin live or on a recording can arrest prejudice or violence. But participating in the culture of others (including getting to know one’s own better) through singing and dancing of their rich folklore, or in the creative exercise of mime martial arts or other arts help raise people’s level of conduct – from brutal to enlightened, from the crude to the nuanced, from weak and merely obedient to strong and critical.

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European Committee of the Regions 1999