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“Al di là di Noi” in the press

On the 9th of December 2019 at the Théâtre de l’Hôtel Plaza in Brussels, the IYMF presented its gala concert “Al di là di Noi”.

Since its creation in 1992 in Brussels, IYMF has used artistic expressions as a tool for bringing together the cultures of the world and has produced a European brand of high-level multicultural concerts, presenting unique stage concepts that combine different artistic forms in an innovative way. Since 1993, it has also established an informal arts education network in Europe called the MUS-E programme (600 artists from all disciplines and cultures working in more than 400 primary schools and reaching more than 30,000 children each year through their art) with the aim of encouraging the social inclusion of children from all cultures through the practice of art in all its forms.

These artistic, educational and cultural activities are unique in their development and are mutually enriched by the daily practice of artists in schools, their multicultural experience, the celebration on stage of the richness of cultures, and the reflection on cultural diversity that goes hand in hand with a reflection on the protection of these cultures and their enhancement.

In this spirit, on Monday 9 December 2019 in Brussels, our Foundation presented an original concert entitled “AL DI LA DI NOI” (beyond us), whose purpose is to illustrate on stage how the most elaborate classical music can open up to world music and create an inspiring exchange for musicians and the public, while highlighting the richness of each culture, thanks to the encounter of classical musicians and musicians from the Italian popular tradition. The concert included works by composers that Yehudi Menuhin particularly appreciated, such as Johann Sebastian Bach. It also opened up to the world of jazz that our Maestro had approached thanks to his friendship with Stéphane Grappelli, or to the seductive universe of Astor Piazzolla, reinterpreted by the violinist and guest of honour Alessandro Quarta. The concert was preceded by a reception and a dinner.

As part of this concert, IYMF partnered with Outhere Music and MUS-E Italia and received sponsorship from the Italian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium. The event was attended by high representatives of the European institutions and other international personalities.

Festival muse Salentine 2019 with Alessandro Quarta

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation gave a unique residence in Alessano (Italy) in the context of the muse Salentine Festival edition 2019.  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. The residence led to a magical representation on the Palazzo Ducale on Sunday 15 of September 2019.


TGR RAI Puglia aired a beautiful video on the concert.

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.


Homelands, places of belonging in the press

21/11/2018 Diversity Makes Music concert: in the press

A highlight of the year 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.

Music Up Close Artistic Residency in Farnières (Belgium) – TV Lux

From the 28 April 2018 to the 4 June 2018, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation organized an artistic residency in the South of Belgium.

This residential session introduced an innovative methodology that combined art creation and collective intelligence, aiming to transform the individual and society by freeing everyone’s creative forces. The sessions pointed out rhythmic awareness through body experience, body as a collective creation medium, musical composition & soundtrack, undiscovered possibilities of voice and its relation with the body and the group, as well as creation based on collective improvisation such as drama exercises and mental preparation for the creation process. They had workshop with a class of children from a school of Grand Halleux, and focused on the relationship with nature, including the use of natural materials, in order to generate sounds and compose musical pieces.




Pure Shankar – The 90th Birthday Interview

In 2010, a few weeks before his 90th birthday, Pandit Ravi Shankar took the time for a long in-depth interview with Johan Ral.
In this exclusive interview, Ravi Shankar speaks openheartedly about his life and work.
Naturally, he also speaks – very fondly – of his collaboration and friendship with Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
‘PURE SHANKAR’ is out on Amazon Prime Video US and UK.


Vídeo del concierto FYME por el Centenario de Menuhin subido a YouTube

Mujeres por Africa (MxA)


The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF), the Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España (FYME) and the Fundación Mujeres por África (FMxA) have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of joint projects and actions for Human Rights in Africa, with special attention to girls and women.


The agreement, signed on 10 May by Marianne Poncelet as Executive Vice-President of IYMF, Enrique Barón as President of FYME and Mª Teresa Fernández de la Vega as President of FMxA, establishes the framework for collaboration between the three entities to develop joint projects in areas of common interest.


The objectives of this collaboration are:


Promotion and dissemination of culture and music through awareness-raising and education for development actions that foster dialogue between peoples and states.

Projects and programmes promoting triangular cooperation between Europe-North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Implementation of specific actions with women and the integrated gender approach.

Awareness campaigns in the educational framework on the defence of Human Rights and the reality of the countries of the making special impact on the rights of girls and women.

Organization of conferences and seminars on topics of common interest, using music and musical education as instruments to promote tolerance and inter-ethnic dialogue.

Collaboration in the creation of networks of European and African musicians and teachers, giving priority to women.

Collaboration in the creation of joint volunteer projects or regional and international cultural cooperation.