“There are wounds everywhere. One should know how to forget their own and try to heal the universal wound”.
(Yehudi Menuhin – « Noms de Dieux » – RTBF Broadcast – October 1997)
Throughout his life, Yehudi Menuhin was preoccupied with the great issues of this century making it a point of honour to give substance to his actions and remaining aware of both education and the rights of minorities. He never stopped fighting for music, peace and harmony among people. During the World War II, he played more than 500 concerts for Allied Troops and the Red Cross. At the end of the war, he continued to give concerts in refugee camps and in newly-freed concentration camps and became a symbol of peace. His leitmotiv in life was “To give a voice to the voiceless” which he realized by initiating projects sus as the Assembly of Cultures of Europe and the MUS-E® project.
Throughout his career as a musician, he always advanced the cause of the weakest and countless honours have been bestowed on him for his contribution to world peace. They include Honorary Doctorates from numerous universities, the French Legion d’Honneur, Germany’s Great Order of Merit, and the Ordre Leopold and the Ordre de la Couronne from Belgium. In 1960 he was awarded the Nehru Peace Prize for International Understanding, and in 1992 the title of Ambassador of Goodwill to UNESCO. In 1993, a life peerage bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II made him Lord Menuhin. He was also the first Westerner to be made an Honorary Professor of Beijing Conservatory in recognition of his concerts in China and for his endeavours to help many young Chinese violinists continue their studies in the West.