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Kristina Sočanski was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1990. At an early age, she showed exceptional musical talent. In 2001 she moved to Stavanger, Norway together with her family. Kristina has studied at the University of Stavanger and the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, Norway, as well as at the HFM Franz Liszt in Weimar, Germany. She holds her official degrees from the ”University of Stvanger” and the “Norwegian Academy of Music” in Oslo (Bachelor Degree, class of prof. Håkon Austbø and prof. Einar Smebye”) and the ”Royal Danish Academy of Music” in Copenhagen (Master Degree). In February 2019, she graduated from the “soloist class” (Advanced Postgraduate Program, Artist Diploma) at the RDAM in Copenhagen, where she specialized in chamber music and accompaniment, mentored by prof. Niklas Sivelov, Friedrich Gurtler and Soren Rastogi. In 2018, Kristina was invited to Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College in New York, as a “visiting scholar”, to do research on contemporary music for piano written in the USA.
 Kristina has won prizes in competitions in Serbia, Norway, Italy, Germany, Austria, and in the USA. As a result of her recent awards, she has performed at major venues such as “Mozarteum” and “Carnegie Hall”. Her talent has also been acknowledged with grants and scholarships from the Norwegian Cultural Council, Sparebank 1, Idella Foundation, Oticon Foundation, Den Böhmske Fond, Torp-Pedersen Fondet, Feldthusens Fond and others.
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 contemporary music, and marked the beginning of an exciting new journey. The collaboration with prof. Peter Degenhardt at the Music Academy in Cologne, his knowledge and insight based on a successful carrier and a long-term friendship with George Crumb, has also been of great importance.
  In 2017 Kristina spent a month in Florence, Italy, studying accompaniment and opera coaching with Maestro Jane Klaviter at the “Bel Canto Institute”. This inspired her to continue and broaden her activity as a collaborative pianist. She is a passionate chamber musician and member of several ensembles, as well as the founder and artistic director of “Vršac International Chamber Music Festival” in Serbia.

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