International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Elise Vanderhofstadt

Project assistant

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Passionate by the arts and discovering new cultures, Elise studied Modern Languages and Literature in Belgium. She also holds a degree from the University College of London in European Affairs. After several experiences in European not-for-profit organizations and a year of backpacking, she joined the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation as a project assistant.

Marianne Poncelet

Executive Vice President

International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

“Each human being has the eternal duty of transforming what is hard and brutal into a subtle and tender offering, what is crude into refinement, what is ugly into beauty, ignorance into knowledge, confrontation into collaboration, thereby rediscovering the child's dream of a creative reality incessantly renewed by death, the servant of life, and by life the servant of love".

(extract of preface of  “Romuar, un enfant de la terre et du ciel” by Marianne Poncelet)


Marianne Poncelet is Executive Vice-President and Founder Member of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels, where she has been taken a leading role in its development and management since 1991.

Over the period 1991 until the death of Yehudi Menuhin in 1999, she was his active collaborator in the establishment of the Foundation and creating a wide range of programmes aimed at children and their dreams of a better world, as well as giving a voice to the artists, ambassadors of the many cultures living in Europe.


A graduate in Roman and Hispanic philology from the UCL, Marianne Poncelet also writes fairy tales for children and has published several books in French, Spanish and Hungarian, which can be discovered on:

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Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violinists and humanists of the 20th century, founded the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels in 1991 as an international non-profit association by royal decree. His vision was to bring to life long-term projects, designed to give a voice to the voiceless, through artistic expression in all its forms. The mission of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is to remind political, cultural and educational institutions of the central place of art and creativity in any process of personal and societal development. Drawing on Yehudi Menuhin’s humanist work, it initiates artistic projects that give a voice to the cultures present in Europe.


The main fields of activities: art at school (MUS-E® Network coordination), art in residence (organization of artistic residencies for young musicians), leading and participating to projects for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue, and giving multicultural concerts with strong messages.

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