Kristina Socanski Celik

Doctoral Research Fellow - IMV stab
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 2 ZEB-bygningen 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1017 Blindern 0315 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

  • Contemporary music
  • Music history
  • Music analysis 
  • Liturgy
In my doctoral project, I am exploring music as a spiritual experience outside the traditionally religious context of the liturgy and examining contemporary musical forms which express spiritual and religious concerns. I am investigating a compositional approach based on the use of medieval Byzantine chant for creating primarily para-liturgical compositions and examining the Octoechos, the Christian Orthodox liturgical concept and the ancient eight-mode musical system, and the appearance of its structural and spiritual elements in contemporary compositions. I am exploring the works of Ljubica Maric, who in her compositions synthesized spiritual ideas of the medieval tradition with contemporary expressions, alongside Arvo Pärt and John Tavener, and investigating the importance of her work in a larger context. Grounded in existing research of the field, my research project investigates contemporary music rooted in Byzantine rituals, in order to provide tools for analyzing, understanding and interpreting contemporary music which intersects with spirituality, modernism and tradition.


Kristina comes from a background in piano performance and holds degrees from The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (B.A. 2014) and The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (M.M. 2016, Soloist Diploma 2019). In 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, New York, where she engaged in artistic research with the subject "American Sound", a project which sparked great interest in further development in musicology and research. The results of her artistic research were presented in a recording with music by Philip Glass, Edward Smaldone, George Crumb and Missy Mazzoli (Sheva, 2019)

Tags: Classical and Contemporary Music, Music History, Music Analysis, Liturgy
Published Sep. 9, 2021 1:09 PM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2022 1:26 PM