While completing advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin and the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg in the classes of some of the world most esteemed cellists such as Clemens Hagen and Frans Helmerson, croatian cellist Kajana Packo has already performed at major venues in Europe such as Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin. She appeared as a soloist with the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cappella Academica of Berlin, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists Ensemble and many others.
Kajana is a first prize winner at the International competitions "Alpe-Adria" in Gorizia, 39th "Darko Lukic" competition and at several national competitions. She was croatian laureate at the Eurovision competition for young classical musicians, going on to represent Croatia at the European Contest in Luzern. Kajana received the Zagreb University Rektor’s prize for the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo variations.
As an active and passionate chamber musician Kajana played concerts at festivals such as "Musique en Cote Basque", "Art Masters Saint-Moritz", "Next Generation Bad Ragaz" and "Dubrovnik Summer Festival".
She is a grounding member of the Trio Korngold together with Joachim Carr (piano) and Diana Tishchenko (violin), with whom she won the Boris Pergamenschikow Prize for chamber music in 2013.
Born in Split in 1985 Kajana began her musical education as a pupil and a student of Valter Despalj in Zagreb and Troels Svane in Berlin. As a participant at the Kronberg Academy and the Pablo Casals Festival she has worked with musicians such as David Geringas and Gary Hoffman. Kajana also received important musical impulses from the chamber music lessons with Menahem Pressler, Tabea Zimmermann, Ulf Wallin and the members of Hagen and Artemis Quartets.
She also loves pedagogical work and has already given few masterclasses and workshops at the Zagreb Music Academy and music school "Josip Hatze" in Split as well as winning the audition for an assistant position at the Zagreb Music Academy.
In September 2014, together with the pianist Danijel Detoni, Kajana will record her debut CD for Croatia Records with the works for cello and piano by E. Grieg, F. Poulenc and B. Papandopulo.
Her next performances include the concerts at Salzburg Kammermusik Festival, Kammermusiktage Homburg, “Lunchkonzert” in the Berlin Philharmonie, Dubrovnik Summer Festival and in Konzerthaus Berlin.
Kajana is very grateful for the generous support from fondations such as DAAD, Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now and Hübel, from numerous institutions in Croatia and from Mr. Josko Berket.
Photo (c) Romano Grozić