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.




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.

Yehudi Menuhin


European Committee of the Regions 1999