CAFDP 2011, Kyrgyz Republic
- Candidate, PhD in Ethnomusicology, University of Alberta, Canada. Doctoral Research: “Traditional Music of Central Asia”
- Diploma of Specialist in Piano performance and teaching (honors), Kyrgyz National Conservatory, Kyrgyz Republic
Kanykei attended a (non-degree) Art Management programme at Indiana University, USA. She was an intern at Folkway Records of the Smithsonian Institution and served as Arts and Culture Programme Manager at the Swiss Cooperation Office. In 2006, Kanykei established the annual international Bishkek Jazz Festival. As Art Director of the Public Foundation Central Asian Arts Management (CAAM), she facilitated the publication of an anthology on Kyrgyz traditional music.