Vladimir Mendelssohn moved to Holland in 1979 and teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, in Rotterdam and at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. He had his musical training in Bucharest, where he won major prizes in viola and in composition, and has since then himself served on international competition juries. In his work as a player and as a composer he has an interest in new music, balanced by tradition in his performance on major repertoire from the classical and romantic periods. He has collaborated in many recordings including a prize-winning release of Brahms Lieder and has given master classes throughout Europe. As a performer he has participated in major international festivals, notably Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaussen and Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s Wasa Festival.