Vladimir Leon-Mendelsohn

Artistic director of Kuhmo Festival.
Born in a family with a long musical tradition Vladimir Mendelssohn followed the destiny of the name and studied viola and composition. After finishing his studies he followed a dual career of interpreter and composer which has taken him all over the world as a soloist ,chamber musician , conductor composer and arranger.

Vladimir Mendelssohn has performed in the USA,South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia, Israel, Tunisia, South Korea China and all over Europe. He has recorded on labels as Denon CBS Ottavo Erato ICM, Ondine as well as for the Rumanian , Russian , Swiss , French , Swedish radio , Japanese broadcast company , the BBC and has won the AVRO public prize for his recording of Brahms Lieder with Jaard van Nes. His latest recordings with the Paganini quartets for guitar and strings and the 2 Brahms quintets with 2 violas are to appear beginning 2020.

He has composed music for solo strings chamber ensembles, mixed choir , orchestra and chamber orchestra as well as ballet music for Le petit prince (1st performance Orchestre D Auvergne under Jean Jacques Kantorow, stage music for Athalie (Racine) and Les Mouches (Sartre) and film music for Le Joueur de Violon featuring Gidon Kremer, 2 symfonies, Winter for mixed choir, 2 postcards from nowhere for violin and orchestra performed by Gidon Kremer in New York, Rio, Buenos Aires, 4 string quartets (№ 4 premiered in Paris by the Ardeo quartet and his latest piece Tower of winds premiered in Osnabrueck in april 2011 His String trio premiered in 2014 in Austria and Finland His reorchestration of Debussy — Le martyre de Saint Sebastien in 2016 as well as his Carmen Fantasy for vibraphone and string quintet recently premiered in the USA in 2017.

In 2018 two piano quartets (“Urban lark'” and ''Aphorisms'' for piano quartet and reciter a ''Trio for 2'' for viola and piano (One player) plus actor and a large ensemble piece (MATA HARI) were composed and premiered in Germany, Italy, Serbia (Belgrade) and Finland.
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