Kajana Pačko

Croatian cellist Kajana Pačko has already performed at the major venues in Europe, such as Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, 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. 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.
In 2015 Kajana has been awarded the "Judita" music prize for her performance in Croatia with the guitar player Petrit Çeku.

As an active and passionate chamber musician Kajana played concerts at festivals such as "Musique en Cote Basque", "Art Masters Saint-Moritz", "Salzburger Kammermusik Festival", "Homburger Kammermusiktage", "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 Dešpalj 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, Gary Hoffman and Anner Bylsma. 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.

In November 2014 her debut CD "Journey through Europe" with the pianist Danijel Detoni containing the works by Poulenc, Grieg and Papandopulo has been released by Croatia Records.

She also loves pedagogical work and has already given few masterclasses and workshops as well as winning the audition for an assistant position at the Zagreb Music Academy.
Since October 2015 Kajana is teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in Leipzig.

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