Kajana Packo, born in Split (Croatia) in November 1985. Currently student of Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg. She started playing cello at the age of 9 and entered the Zagreb Music Academy when she was only 14 in the class of renowned Croatian cellist Valter Despalj. From 2004-2008 Kajana studied with Troels Svane at Hochschule fur Musik “Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin and from 2006-2008 also with Frans Helmerson at the year courses in Music school of Pitea, Sweden. Her chambermusic teachers are Eckard Runge (Artemis quartet) and Ulf Wallin. Kajana took part in masterclasses given by David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman and Jens Peter Maintz.
As an outstanding music student she has been awarded a "City of Zagreb scholarship", National's "Top student" scholarship, DAAD(Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), Rektor's price for the performance of the Rokoko variations by P.I. Tschaikowsky and many others.
She won 1st prices at several competitions in Croatia (1998 and 2000) as well as in Italy (Gorizia Marcosig Competition 2000, 2001 and 2003). She was chosen to represent Croatia in Moscow during the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Concerts in 2002 and as well at the Eurovision Competition For Young Musicians in Luzern (2004). She performed with major orchestras and ensembles in Croatia such as Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Split and Zadar Chamber Orchestras, Split Symphony Orchestra and Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by the leading Croatian conductors. Performances with orchestra include the cello concertos and works by Elgar, Schumann, Haydn, Tschaikowsky, Rossini and Boccherini. Except in solo performances Kajana is also very active in chamber music. She was a member of cello ensemble "Cellomania" at her studyind time in Croatia. In 2007 her performance of the Ravel's sonata for violin and cello, together with violinist Tristan Thery, got an outstanding rewiew in "The Independent" for the concert in London. In 2008, as a member of a piano trio, she played on a "Exzellenz-Konzert" in Berlin patronized by Daniel Barenboim. Apart from Croatia, Italy, Germany and Russia, she also performed in United Kingdom (London) and France.