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IYMF partner of the Leonardo 4 Children concert

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (1519-2019) and 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989-2019), with a focus on art and science for children, the non-profit foundation “Carano 4 Children” launched the flagship initiative « Leonardo 4 Children » with the following objectives:

  • Stimulate the creativity and participation of European children and youth on art and science topics, inspired by the example of Leonardo da Vinci, to contribute to their balanced development and well-being;
  • Support children in need – primarily in developing countries with focus on orphans or abandoned children – to develop their artistic and scientific skills and develop their personality, and help them to overcome post-traumatic stress;
  • Create a cultural and solidarity link between children with higher and those with lower opportunities, such as between European children and children in developing countries outside Europe, showing that all children have similar potential to create and be “genius”.


With the support of UNESCO and under the high patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Italian Embassy in Belgium, the French Embassy in Belgium, the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Tuscany, Lombardy and Center Val de Loire regions, this Leonardo 4 Children Concert is the flagship event of the non-profit initiative “Leonardo 4 Children”.

This event will allow raising funds for the music therapy program at Makani centers in Jordan that help Syrian refugee children as part of UNICEF’s Child Protection program.

The event will follow the European Education Summit held in Brussels on the same day. The programme includes: presentation of the UNICEF project supported, concert of classical music with the “viola organista” (Prof. Sławomir Zubrzycki), violin (Esther Abrami), piano and strings quartet, children’s choir of the European School of Brussels I, the fables of Leonardo de Vinci performed in classical music, and award ceremony to the winners of the European “Leonardo 4 Children” competitions.
These competitions ended in May 2019 and saw the extraordinary participation of 709 children and young people from 15 European countries: interpretation in comics illustrations of 12 fables of Leonardo da Vinci by children aged 6 to 12, interpretation of the same fables in music by young composers between the ages of 18 and 30 and integration of “Art & Science” by teenagers aged 13 to 18.

Director Stefano Cucci, orchestra Ennio Morricone;
“Viola organista” designed by Leonardo, played by prof. Sławomir Zubrzycki;
Violinist Esther Abrami;
Ensemble “Arietta: Jean-Michel Alexandre (1st violin), Elisabeth Detaille (2nd violin), Sigrid Keunen (alto), Bruno Ispiola (cello); Laurent Beekemans (piano);
European School Uccle Children’s Choir, director Pablo García;
Young violinist from Florence Leone Pini;
Young flute player from Loire Romane Guerber;
Soprano Sara Barakat;
Tenor Jeysson Estrella Diaz;
Presenters: Carmen Cutugno, Christian Galvez

Video on MusiLib: Music for Children’s Multicultural Learning

The MUSILIB project offers an expanded multilingual and multicultural online library for children, developed as part of the previous successful MultiLib project (www.multilibproject.eu), containing 26 children’s stories translated into 6 European languages and 6 additional minority languages from each partner country. Follow-up project MUSILIB will provide new ideas, inspirations, methodology, and tools by using a very effective medium: music, which is in an indispensable reflection of culture.

Project partners: Övermark skola (Finland) The Mosaic Art and Sound (Great Britain) Viksjöfors skola (Sweden) Spolek PELICAN (Czech Republic) Technical University of Crete (Greece) University of Cukurova (Turkey) Menuhin Foundation (Belgium)

IYMF collaborates with the Plateforme mineurs en exil

The Platform Kinderen op de vlucht / Plate-forme Mineurs en exil is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For this occasion, they will organise on the 26 November  a day full of sharing and meetings as well as policy debates on the future opportunities and challenges for children in migration. But it would not be a true celebration without music! That’s where the IYMF comes in with a musical journey between East and West.

IYMF Residency – muse Salentine Festival (Alessano, Italy)

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is holding an expectional residency at the muse Salentine Festival edition 2019! With our orcherstra ambassador the Brussels Chamber Orchestra (BCO) directed by Mario Villuendas and our guest of honour, the Italian violonist Alessandro Quarta. For this special event, we also collaborate with musicians from MUS-E Italy: Davide Bonetti, Sebastiano Forte, Antonino Talamo, Eugenia Amisano and Gioele Balestrini.


The concept of our unique 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.

2019 Artistic Multidisciplinary Residency in Farnières (Music Up Close Network)

IYMF organizes international artistic residencies for young artists from diverse cultures. These creative laboratories encourage the exchange of knowledge, invite to explore and experiment new fields, open up new horizons, provide new skills and promote co-creation.

From the 24th until the 30th of June 2019, IYMF held an artistic residency in the Domaine de Farnières (South of Belgium) in the context of the Music Up Close Network, with artists ambassadors and experts such as Osvaldo Hernadez, Hippolyte Bohouo and Kankan Bayo, Diane Broman, and Dimitri Psonis. The residency was directed by Thierry Van Roy.


MUS-E Deutschland e.V: one of the most convincing social initiatives in Germany!

On June 3, 2019, the 15th startsocial e.V. competition took place in Berlin. Startsocial is a nationwide competition for the promotion of volunteer social commitment and awards 100 four-month consulting scholarships and 25 awards each year, including seven cash prizes, under the motto “Help for Helpers”. MUS-E Deutschland e.V. was one of the top 25 most convincing social initiatives in Germany this year and was invited to the Federal Chancellery by Chancellor Angela Merkel to receive the honorary award. This year, the Chancellor’s special prize went to Elektriker ohne Grenzen e.V. from Karlsruhe.They were able to draw many people’s attention to the important work of MUS-E Deutschland e.V. and thus spread the message of MUS-E even further. Congratulations!

IYMF contributes to the project FroMe2EU!

According to the European motto “united in diversity”, the project FromME2EU initiated by ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agency) aims to provide opportunities for European citizens and Migrants’ communities to work together, in order to promote a new idea of a multicultural Europe. The idea is that every migrant should be considered as a citizen and every citizen has some needs but, at the same time, should bring ideas and innovative approaches to the community in which he lives.
In this context, IYMF contributes to an event on multicultural experience through art where one of the duos of our project Homelands places of belonging (Chinara Miamona & Caroline Donnelly) will give a unique workshop and help  in lowering our daily barriers and building up more inclusive societies!


Journées Littéraires de Tapovan – 10,11,12 May 2019

The Open University Yoga & Ayurvéda directed by Kiran Vyas, member of the Board of the Foundation. Kiran Vyas, pioneer of Ayurveda in France and Europe
and his team have been teaching Yoga and Ayurveda for more than 35 years. On the 10, 11 and 12 May 2019 the “Journées Littéraires” were taking place in Tapovan on the theme of “Visages de l’amour. La nature, l’art, l’humain…le divin”. Marianne Poncelet was participating to the roundtables and spoke about the love of music and the music of love by evoking Yehudi Menuhin and sharing moving anectodes.

Tout le printemps des paysages et des rivières monte comme un encens dans mon cœur, et le souffle de toutes choses chante en mes pensées comme une flûte

Rabindranath Tagore

Yehudi Menuhin for Europe

Yehudi Menuhin was one of the greatest musicians of all time. But not only. From the concentration camps liberated in 1945 to the end of the siege of Sarajevo in 1996, Yehudi Menuhin never resolved to separate music from his political commitments and he was the author of impactful writings and speeches. More than ever, his values and messages of tolerance are a powerful source of inspiration for the 21st century and the future of Europe, especially at the eve of the European Parliamentary elections.

For those who have not dared to enter his music, his texts and speeches will be the gateway to the universe of this great musician engaged in the battles of his century.

“Yehudi Menuhin for Europe” is a recollection of inspirational speeches and writings as well as joyful souvenirs, pictures and videos that should resonate with the present days.

Homelands, places of belonging: FINAL EVENT – 4 May 2019

On the 4th of May, we held the final event of the project Homelands, places of belonging celebrating and shedding a spotlight on 6 monhts of co-creation and fruitfult collaboration between 8 refugee-artists and partners from the socio-cultural sector of Brussels! This is just to get a taste of the event… Pictures by Kristof Claeys.

Homelands, places of belonging: Follow us on the Blog!

Homelands, places of belonging is a community co-creation project for and by refugee artists, led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its partners running from October 2018 until April 2019.

For all the news on the project follow the blog! 

Multilib: discover the illustrated stories!

The IYMF was partner of the project Multilib (Erasmus +) offering a vibrant multicultural e-library with traditional and contemporary children’s stories in 12 different languages, including those of six cultural minorities in Europe. Several beautifully illustrated stories have been created in the e-book format and can be discovered right here!


Pierre Rabhi “La Sobriété Heureuse” – 10 December 2018

On the 10th of December 2018, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation collaborated with Emergences asbl for the conference of Pierre Rabhi, a dear fiend to Yehudi Menuhin, on “La Sobriété Heureuse” at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). On this occasion, the orchestra in residence at IYMF – The Brussels Chamber Orchestra (BCO) – gave a unique performance.

Diversity Makes Music – 21 November 2018

One of the highlights of the year 2018  was the “Diversity Makes Music” concert in Flagey – one of the most important cultural venues of Brussels – on 21 November 2018. Through this concert we wanted to address an contemporary issue dear to us all, namely the migration crisis. This unique concert was a dialogue between East and West, retracing the journey of the Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh who was forced to leave his country and travel to Europe. Whereas policies and politicians often fail to create links between very different populations, between the welcoming and the welcomed, artists have a special talent for building bridges and highlighting the universality of what unites us rather than what separates us. This was the message conveyed by this event, which was a great success and a dynamic demonstration of social inclusion at European level.


© Pictures Doron Chmiel