Berklee Alum

Christie Sochakian

Berklee Alum
Christie-Gayane Sochakian Kanska  
Marlborough, MA
Member since 2010

About Me

Bio
Christie-Gkaiane Sochakian Kanska is a Greek Armenian born, songwriter & performer.Christie was born in the capital of Armenia in Yerevan. She began playing piano when she was seven years old. She studied the classical piano in the Music School at the capital of Armenia. She loved Jazz music and this lead her to study at the Modern Jazz College in Yerevan for 4 years parallel she studied drawing in the School of Fine Arts. She was taken part as a soloist with Armenians Concert in many concerts and operas, performances and she was collaborated with the national Chorus of Yerevan. In 1995 she has performed as the conductor of the Children Chorus of the Greek Embassy of Armenia and her children choir were participating in Athens. Big passion to music and children leads her to compose music for children . Since 1995 Thessaloniki (Greece) has been her permanent residence .She has collaborated with the New Odeon of Thessaloniki and Filippos Nakas Odeon where she has been working as a piano and voice teacher. In the meantime she has been taking part in several concerts of Greek and Jazz repertory as a pianist and vocalist. She also participated as a soloist in jazz concerts within the frame of the manifestation held in Thessaloniki as the Cultural capital of Europe for the year 1997. She participated in T.V. musical shows as well as in a production of ET3 (Channel of North Greece) together with Alexandro Triantafillou, entitled “Dia tauta ego thrino”. In the open theater of the “Odeion of Ancient Market” she has performed under her own orchestration, arranged Armenian folk songs. During teaching at the Conservatory Philipos Nakas in Grecce she was awarded with the scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 2001-2004 she were study at Berklee College of Music, where she complete her Bachelor degree in Professional Music. During this time she participate in many concerts at the Berklee and out of the College. In 2005 in Boston she produced her CD “Who Needs Love” with original music and lyrics. She collaborated in that CD with world known musicians as Jamey Haddad, Leo Blanco, Zdenek Kansky, Spiros Exaras, and Rick Dimuzio. She was fortunate to meet her husband Zdenek Kansky in Boston and she got married in 2005. Together with her husband they compose and perform music together. From 2005-2007 they did two contracts with Royal Caribbean International and they where performing and traveling in Canada, Mexico, Alaska, USA, Columbia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Panama, Verging Islands… During this period Christie composed “Music of the Seas”. It’s a beautiful compositions for the piano. Christie & Zdenek with their “World Jazz Group” in 2006 were participating in many concerts and festivals in Czech Republic and Europe. They perform in jazz club “Reduta” in Prague also they perform in movie festivals, collaborating with musicians from Austria and Czech Republic. After lots of traveling in 2007 Christie came to Thessaloniki and she introduced her new music on the radio FM 102 of ERT and TV 100. In CZ Christie performed with the big Band “Aldis” at Congress Center in Hradec Kralove singing Jazz. During 2008-2009 with the " Christie & Zdenek World Jazz Group" they are performing with the musicians from CZ,US,Mexico,Austria and they doing tours playing on Jazz festivals and big concerts. Christie captures her audience with her honesty and artistic mastery. She expresses her love for people, nature, and life through her unique gift for the languages of music and poetry. ……

Experience & Education

Current

  • Music Director , Founder for ZCK Music Production
    2014 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Music Director,Founder for Choir "Angel Voices"
    2014 to Present (over 5 years)
  • Assistant Director of five week Chorus for Berklee Collage of Music
    August 2004 to Present (over 14 years)

Past

  • Voice Faculty for Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (S.A.M.)
    September 2017 to April 2018 (7 months)
  • Voice & Piano faculty, Choir director for Royal Academy of Music
    2011 to May 2016 (over 5 years)
  • Music Therapist for Delta Project
    2010 to 2012 (over 2 years)
  • Voice teacher, Choir director for The New Conservatory of Thessaloniki,Greece
    1996 to 2001 (over 5 years)
  • Teaching modern voice for Conservatory Philipos Nakas
    January 2000 to January 2001 (about a year)

    Greece

Education

  • BA in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
    2001 to 2005 (4 years)
  • Diploma in at College of Fine Art, Yerevan -Armenia
    1980 to 1984 (4 years)