YEHUDI MENUHIN (1916-1999) was born
in New York of Russian-Jewish parents. He made his violin debut at age
seven with the San Francisco Symphony, followed by a recital in New York
a year later. By age eleven he had made his historic debuts in Paris and
Carnegie Hall, at age twelve in Berlin and at thirteen in London, thus
launching himself on a career that was to take him all over the world
for the seven ensuing decades.
In recognition of this work, he received many honours throughout his
long career, including the Nehru Peace Prize for International Understanding
in 1960 and the Distinguished Peace Leadership Award in 1997. In 1992,
he was awarded the title of Ambassador of Goodwill to UNESCO. He was knighted
by Queen Elizabeth in 1987 and awarded a life peerage in 1993.
|Yehudi Menuhin was a close, long-time friend to Myfanwy Pavelic, and in June of 1997, a Gala Benefit Concert with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin and an Exhibition of Recent Landscape Paintings by Myfanwy Pavelic was hosted by the Maltwood Art Museum & Gallery in celebration of their friendship.|