Vladimir Mendelssohn, the son of a musician family in Romania, studied the viola and composition at the Music Academy in his home town, Bucharest. He has appeared the world over, as a soloist and chamber musician, composer and arranger and is nowadays in great demand at countless international festivals in the company of the world's finest musicians.
Mendelssohn's engagements have taken him to various parts of the United States, to almost every country in Europe and to Russia, Israel, Tunisia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and South America and has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels. A prolific composer, he has produced works for solo instruments, mixed choir, symphony and chamber orchestra. His chamber works include four string quartets, Nova for clarinet, string trio, piano and percussion, and Don Aldebarran for seven stringed instruments, piano and actor. He has also composed music for ballet, stage and screen.
A very popular teacher, Mendelssohn is Professor of chamber music at the Paris Conservatoire while also teaching in The Hague, Essen and Bologna and master classes the world over.
Mendelssohn has been a familiar face at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival since the early 1980s, and started as Artistic Director of the festival on the 1st of August, 2005.