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music for life international

Our mission is to create transformative social impact through music and for music. Music for Life International takes its name from the legendary Music For Life concert led by Leonard Bernstein at Carnegie Hall in November 1987.

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Music for Life International Presented


Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls

in the Face of Violence

Monday, October 19, 2015

Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage

Ravel Shéhérazade & Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade


In partnership with the United Nations

Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

Opening Remarks by

Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN & Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of UN Women

George Mathew, Artistic Director and Conductor

Principal Musicians from The New York Philharmonic, MET Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus, and others

Music for Za’atari Residency with Music for Life International

Music For Life International 

& Founder George Mathew 

Receive the 2016 Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Award for Public Diplomacy from 

Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership

Tufts University's Cohen Auditorium on the Medford Campus on Wednesday, February 17th, during IGL's 31st Annual Norris and Margery Bendetson EPIIC International Symposium, "Europe in Turmoil" (supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York). Mr. Mathew presented a lecture/recital with Tufts Professor of Music John McDonald, entitled "Beethoven and the Future of Europe" featuring the Egmont Overture and excerpts from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Read More

The award citation reads "The Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public DiplomacyAward is presented to Music for Life International and George Mathew, Artistic Director, in recognition of your distinctive and inspiring concern for human rights and your musical contributions in helping to protect and uplift the world's vulnerable populations."

The Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Award for Public Diplomacy was presented to George Mathew and Music For Life International at