- Lana Paćuka
(b Tbilisi, Georgia, April 12, 1947). Russian cellist and music pedagogue , who established the Bosnian and Herzegovinian cello school. His propensity for music was shown in childhood, and his first musical training was given by his mother, the pianist Maria Rahmanina von Hohenzollern. He finished his primary and secondary cello education from 1954 to 1965 in the 11-year music school for gifted children within the V. Saradžišvili Tbilisi Conservatory. He enrolled in cello studies in 1970 at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. There he took the master’s degree in 1975 (class of S. Aslamazjan, M. Rostropovich, N. Gutman, and G. Kozolupova).
He has enjoyed a successful artistic career, which includes over 500 concerts in several major concert halls (the Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet of Belarus, the S. Rachmaninoff Academy of Music in Paris, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Prague Philharmonic, among others). He has performed on 15 recordings.
His pedagogical work began at the Belarusian Academy of Music in Minsk in 1970, where he was active for 27 years. By the decision of the State Committee for Higher Education of the Russian Federation he gained the doctoral degree and the academic title of professor in 1993. Upon the invitation of the Music Academy he has lived and worked in Sarajevo since 1997. His pedagogical and artistic achievements were awarded with the prize of the European Cultural Foundation (2001) and the prize of the Senate of the University of Sarajevo for the best professor at the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo (2007).