Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin

I have been fortunate to know other human beings through music. I was influenced by my father who sang melodies which had their roots in the old Hassidic cultural tradition. And I was also helped by George Enescu who introduced me to the sounds of Hungary and Romania. We should share our art, our landscapes, our sorrows and our joys, we should widen our horizons. Thus we will gain true understanding of groups of human beings who are suffering from persecution.

The foundation

Creation

In 1991, Yehudi Menuhin established the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels to serve as the base for the implementation and coordination of cross-cultural projects. His vision was to give a voice to the voiceless through a number of programmes run by the Foundation, the first of which was the MUS-E® programme.

Structure

The Foundation is administered by an international Board, of which the founding President was Lord Menuhin. The current Chairman of the Board is Coen Teulings. The President of Honour is our former President, Enrique Barón Crespo. The General Assembly is the supreme authority. An Executive Committee manages the day-to-day functioning of the Foundation, while a Sponsoring Committee focuses on funding the Foundation’s projects. An Honorary Committee, comprising leading personalities from the international arts scene, supports us in realizing our aims.

Aims

The Foundation continues the work started by Yehudi Menuhin and acts as a catalyst for new ways of cross-cultural exchange in collaboration with 13 national structures based in Europe and Israel:

  • Improving the development of children from infancy through the MUS-E® programme
  • Promoting artistic exchanges within Europe and throughout the world
  • Encouraging the expression and representation of cultural minorities through the Assembly of Cultures of Europe (ACE)
  • Organizing concerts, exhibitions, artistic manifestations and other events in the spirit of Yehudi Menuhin’s humanism