Vladimir Mendelssohn - co-founder of the Festival Mozart - was born into a family of long musical tradition in Romania, and studied the viola and composition in Bucharest. For a long time his name is associated with that of the prestigious Enesco Quartet. Vladimir Mendelssohn was a prolific composer, writing works for solo instruments, chamber and symphony orchestras. He has also written chamber music. He is currently professor of chamber music at the National Conservatory of Paris and also teaches at the Hague, Essen and Bologna. Since autumn 2005, Vladimir Mendelssohn is the Artistic Director of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.