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Violinist Yehudi Menuhin and composer-conductor Luciano Berio were named today as winners of Wolf Prizes in the arts for 1991.

The awards, which carry $100,000 grants, are to be presented in May at the Israeli Knesset, or parliament. Prizes also will be awarded for chemistry, medicine, physics, agriculture and mathematics.

The selection committee said the musicians were chosen "for bringing peoples together through their musical achievements."

Menuhin, 74, who was born in New York City and now lives in London, was a prodigy violinist, making his debut at age 7 in San Francisco.

In addition to solo performances around the world, Menuhin has founded his own chamber orchestra, directs the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland, established a school for gifted musicians in Surrey, England, and is president of the Trinity College of Music.

Berio, 65, of Siena, Italy, was born to a family of musicians and first studied music with his father and grandfather. He composes, conducts, teaches and lectures.

Berio is particularly noted for innovations in electronic music.

He has been associated with numerous training centers, including Darmstadt in Germany and Juilliard in New York.

The prizes, which are given annually, are named for the late Dr. Ricardo Wolf. They are intended "to promote science and art for the benefit of mankind."

Wolf was a German-born inventor and philanthropist.

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