Global Humanitarian Concerts

Our flagship global humanitarian concerts at Carnegie Hall have gathered some 700 distinguished musicians from more than 120 of the world’s greatest orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera companies, choirs and international music academies, including the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, the Boston, San Francisco and Singapore Symphonies, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Emerson, Guarneri Quartets, the Dessoff Choirs, MasterVoices, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute and many others. The concerts have been covered by major global media including the New York Times, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio etc. and have partnered with leading international social sector and humanitarian institutions.

For Doctors Without Borders

Beethoven for The Rohingya

January 28, 2019
Carnegie Hall

John Lawrence, President of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, USA
Nasir Zakaria, Executive Director of Rohingya Culture Center of Chicago

For HelpMeSee, Inc.

Mahler for Vision

February 13, 2017
Carnegie Hall

Jacob Mohan Thazhathu, President and CEO of HelpMeSee, Inc.

For UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

The Scheherazade Initiative

October 19, 2015
Carnegie Hall

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women ED and Under-Secretary-General

For Doctors Without Borders

Shostakovich for the Children of Syria

January 13, 2014
Carnegie Hall

Other Beneficiaries

Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, USA

For Acumen Fund

Beethoven for the Indus Valley

January 31, 2011
Carnegie Hall

Other Beneficiaries
American Pakistan Foundation

Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen Fund CEO
Dr. Nafis Sadik, UN Population Fund Executive Director

For Catholic Medical Mission Board

Mahler for the Children of AIDS

January 12, 2009
Carnegie Hall

John Galbraith, CMMB CEO

For Unicef

Requiem for Darfur

January 22, 2007
Carnegie Hall

Other Beneficiaries
Refugees International
American Jewish World Service
National Council of Churches USA

Mia Farrow
Jan Egeland, UN Undersecretary General

For Doctors Without Borders

Beethoven's Ninth for South Asia

January 23, 2006
Carnegie Hall

For the Survivors of the October 2005 Pakistan Earthquake

Other Initiatives

Humanitarian Chamber music concert series in Short Hills, New Jersey

In 2020, Music For Life International will launch a series of chamber music humanitarian concerts in Short Hills featuring distinguished artists from the classical music world as well as other traditions from around the world. The purpose of these concerts will be to bring our mission of great music creating transformative to social impact to local communities in New Jersey and the Tri-State area. Pilot concerts for this program have featured distinguished artists from the New York Philharmonic and the MET Orchestra.

Residency at Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Following our Shostakovich for the Children of Syria concert in January, 2014 Music For Life International undertook a weeklong visit with a distinguished string quartet for Syrian refugee youth and children at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Mafraq governorate in Jordan.

The Artists

  • Mary Ann Mumm, Violin, MET Orchestra (former)
  • Deborah Greitzer, Violin, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Craig Mumm, Associate Principal Viola, MET Orchestra
  • Rosanna Butterfield, Cello Fellow, New World Symphony

These artists shared their artistry in a string quartet residency from August 20-27 for young people and their families at Za'atari Refugee Camp, the largest Syrian Refugee Camp in the Middle East.

The quartet performed the music of Shostakovich, Borodin, Haydn, and Syrian composer and Tufts University faculty member, Kareem Roustom. Our residency - a partnership with Questscope, a visionary Jordan-based non-profit organization and the world renowned Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University - also included music education activities for youth and children at Za'atari camp. The ensemble presented chamber music masterclasses and a workshop for children and advanced students at the National Music Conservatory/King Hussein Foundation in Amman in connection with the residency. The residency was met with great enthusiasm from all the stakeholders in Zaatari camp – the Syrian refugee community and the children, our partners at Questscope, the Za’atari community police and local law enforcement and the members of the Jordan military who provide security for the camp.

Ubuntu-Shruti professional training orchestra

An exciting new professional training orchestra of young, empowered musicians and distinguished mentors creating inspired music and programming focused on immigrants, community and education through music. Learn more