Critics have described Czech pianist Kristina Barta as “fiery, expressive, eloquent, and stubborn.” Originally admitted to the Prague Conservatory as an oboist, she later embraced the piano and earned a prominent position in the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra, garnering several prestigious awards.
Barta, recognized internationally as both a composer and pianist, embarked on her musical journey after studying classical music and composition at the Prague Conservatory. She graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, specializing in jazz piano. Her career has taken her on a constant whirlwind of tours, gracing renowned venues worldwide, including Jazzahead! (Germany), Bimhuis (Netherlands), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Steyr Jazz Festival (Austria), V4 Jazz Festival (Hungary), Strasbourg’s Jazzdor (France), D'Jazz Nevers (France), A Trane (Germany), and many others.
In 2016, Barta claimed first place in a jazz composer’s competition in the Czech Republic and saw her trio advance to the finals of the 2016 Euroradio Jazz Competition in the Netherlands. She further solidified her status as a rising star by winning the 2017 Powiew Młodego Jazzu in Poland, earning an individual award for her remarkable piano skills.
Barta’s discography includes her debut album “EMA29” on the Austrian Alessa Records label in 2017, followed by “Love and Passion” in 2021. Her current album, “Endless Questions and Answers,” released on October 2023, features nine original compositions created for her new quartet, in collaboration with the world-renowned tenor saxophonist Jure Pukl. This latest album signifies a fresh chapter in Barta’s musical evolution.
Currently, Kristina Barta is composing a new piece for her quartet featured David Doruzka on guitar, Jure Pukl on saxophone and symphonic orchestra in partnership with The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere will be in Prague on April 11th 2024.
REVIEWS / INTERVIEWS
“Endless Questions and Answers does not disappoint and delivers if not many answers, certainly many promises.” - Mike Jurkovic, New York City, NY
“We hope that promoters in Western Europe will soon notice this exceptional talent”
— austrian magazine Concerto, 2021
“Kristina Barta comes with a fresh message from the Czech jazz scene. The album contains extensive compositions with original textures, which are often counterpoint layered and harmoniously difficult. Kristina Barta walks her own distinctive path. Her music is enriched with adult pop and rock, it is unbridledly creative and its quality is comparable to foreign works”
— austrian magazine Concerto, 2021
“As a composer and pianist, Kristina Barta is fully convincing”
— HANS-BERND KITTLAUS, German critic
“All three jurors anonymously selected Kristina Barta for her fresh approach and the great interaction within her band members”
— RALF DOMBROWSKI (German journalist), GUNTER SCHRODER (The Kurland Agency), RUDY LINKA (director of the Bohemia Jazz Fest)
CD review Love and Passion - Jazz'halo (2021, Belgium)
CD review Love and Passion - ČRo Vltava (2021, Czech Republic)
CD review Love and Passion - skjazz.sk (2021, Slovakia)
Women that shape jazz in Czech Republic (2018, Luxembourg)
CD review EMA 29 - skjazz.sk (2018, Slovakia)
Jazz festival Steyr 2018 - skjazz.sk (2018, Austria)
CD review EMA 29 - Kind of Blue by Hans-Bernd Kittlaus (2017, Germany)
francemusique.fr (2017, France)
Czech Television Art - ArtZóna (2022, Czech Republic)
Czech Jazz Radio (2021, Czech Republic)
Czech Television: Interview in Czech Television (2019, Czech Republic)
Kristina Barta: I see black and white music (Harmonie Magazine, 2017, Czech Republic)