© 2016 Kristina Socanski
Kristina Socanski was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1990. She started her musical education at "Stanislav Binicki" music school and showed early on exceptional musical talent. In 2001, she moved to Stavanger, Norway together with her family.
After establishing a new life in Stavanger and actively taking part in lectures, master classes and concerts at Stavanger University, Kristina continued her education at Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo (2006) in the class of prof. Jiri Hlinka. In 2008, her wish and ambition to learn and discover took her to the "Franz Liszt" Music Academy in Weimar, Germany .
Kristina holds her official music degrees from the University of Stavanger and Norwegian Academy of Music, after studies with professor Håkon Austbø and professor Einar H. Smebye. She finished her Master degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark in the class of professor Niklas Sivelöv in 2016. The same year, she entered the prestigious "soloist class" at the RDAM in Copenhagen, with prof Niklas Sivelöv and Friedrich Gürtler, where she is specializing in chamber music and accompaniment.
A prizewinner in national competitions in Serbia and Norway, as well as international competitions in Serbia, Germany and Italy, her talent has been acknowledged with "Drømmestipendet" (2008) and ”G9alt” (2009) scholarships from Norwegian Cultural Council and Sparebank1, as well as grants from Feldthusens Fond (2014), Torp-Pedersen-fondet (2015) and Den Böhmske Fond (2016)
During her studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Kristina worked together with the renowned contemporary pianist Ellen Ugelvik. This inspired her to start exploring new music, and marked the beginning of an exiting new journey.
In the last few years, the collaboration with Peter Degenhardt, professor emeritus at the Music Academy in Cologne and a contemporary music specialist, has also been of great importance.
She is indebted to her studies with Håkon Austbø, Einar Smebye and Niklas Sivelöv, for their valuable mentorship and inspiration, which have helped developing her expressive and induvidual style.
Kristina has given numerous performances as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in venues such as Tivoli Concert Hall, The Royal Theatre and Glyptoteket (Copenhagen, Denmark), Kolarac Concert Hall (Belgrade, Serbia) as well as Stavanger Concert Hall and Oslo Opera House (Norway).
Her concerts have been recorded by Serbian radio and TV stations (2008, 2016,2017).
In 2017 she was one of the Bel Canto Institute's Performance Award winners, and was invited to play two concerts with singers in New York in September 2017.
As a passionate chamber musician, she is a member of several ensembles, as well as an appreciated accompanist. She is the founder and artistic director of "Vrsac International Chamber Music Festival" in Serbia, which had it's premere in September 2017.
Despite her young age, Kristina is also an experienced piano teacher, with more than 10 years of teaching behind her, and many hours devoted to development of young musical talents.