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Norfolk and Norwich Festival May 13-29 2016
22 April 2016 will mark the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin, the world-famous violinist and conductor, and Konzerthaus Berlin is planning to pay homage to him at that time.
Menuhin is regarded as the most renowned violinist of the 20th century, in addition to being a great humanist and philanthropist. He campaigned ceaselessly for human rights and international understanding, was the first world-class Jewish artist to play in Germany after World War II and performed pieces by German composers in Jerusalem. Until his death in Berlin in 1999 he believed in the unifying powers of music and in using it to change society for good with its help.
The Konzerthaus will commemorate this brilliant person and musician and his fit-as-a-fiddle legacy with concerts, screenings, an exhibition, a special publication and many other special events.
The celebrations start with Menuhin’s former student Daniel Hope and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the direction of Iván Fischer performing the piece that the great violinist is possibly best known for: the Violin Concerto by Edward Elgar.
Menuhin’s fascination with other musical worlds finds its expression in a “Fiddle Fest” where superb violinists including Roby Lakatos, Mark O’Connor, Didier Lockwood and Dr. L. Subramaniam will be presenting the world’s violin sounds. Menuhin’s legacy and his foundations and projects will be at the focus of special concerts and films. Both the 1st prize winner of the “Menuhin Competition London 2016” will be performing as will other Menuhin School alumni who have distinguished themselves over the years.
The homage “100 years Yehudi Menuhin: Musician – Myth – Human” will also include a complementary exhibition on the great person and musician Yehudi Menuhin and his very vibrant legacy. There will also be a commemorative publication in his honour.