The program is projected as an intensive course on technical and interpretive work on solo cello repertoire (chosen based on the wishes and level of playing of the participants), focusing on basic technique of the left and right hands (especially among younger participants). Participants will attain basic knowledge of the specifics of playing and work in a cello ensemble, which is unique as the only single instrument ensemble that covers all tone registers.

Mihovil-Karuza Mihovil Karuza (Croatia) is a professor of cello at the Arts Academy in Split. He earned his Bachelor Degree at the Zagreb Music Academy (Prof. Valter Dešpalj) and received his Master in Music Performance at the Pennsylvania State University (Prof. Kim Cook), where he worked as an assistant. He perfected his technique with world renowned musicians and pedagogues (A. Parisot, S. Sondeckiene, M. Hayashi, M. Steinkűhler…).

He is a member of the Zagreb Philharmonic, principal cellist of the Croatian National Theatre in Split, Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. Since 2011 he has been a regular member of the Zagreb Soloists. He performed with numerous chamber ensembles and recorded various albums. He holds masterclasses throughout Croatia and abroad and frequently participates as a jury member at numerous cello competitions.