Donum was founded in 2011 in Varaždin, on the iniciative of Sofija Cingula, who gathered young, educated musicians from St. Nicholas’s Church. Sofija Cingula was the first leader of vocal group, after whom (in 2013) Višlav Jaklin, organist of the Varaždin Cathedral, took her place. The group performed renowned concerts in Croatia, Slovenia and Austria, out of which the most significant was the one in 2014, when 14 of them, under the name Chamber choir Donum, performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. In original lineup, there were eight of them; from this year nine musicians are gathered in Donum, all of whom are the best singers from Varaždin.


Višeslav Jaklin, leadership

Organist from Varaždin, Višeslav Jaklin, graduated the organ, improvisation and conducting at the study of church music in Graz, and he won his master´s degree in the concert organ orientation at the Vienna University in the class of Michael Radulescu. He also attended private classes in the organ and improvisation in Weimar and Paris. He continued enhancing at international master seminars for the organ that were led by renowned experts. Jaklin is winner of first prizes at international competitions in Switzerland and Austria. From 2001 to 2008, he was organist of the Franciscan Church in Graz and in the year 2008 he was made organist of the Varaždin Cathedral.

As soloist and chamber musician Jaklin regularly appears in Croatia and other European countries as well as Israel. He also co-operates with numerous ensembles and orchestras. Jaklin is member of the Croatian Association of Music Artists, Croatian Association of Church Artists and Slovenian Organ Society. In 2015, he was named a Commissioner of organ conservation for Varaždin Perish.