Kristina Barta is internationally renown composer and pianist. After studying classical music and composition at the Prague Conservatory this native Czech pianist graduated from the Academy of Music Arts in Prague, specialising in jazz piano. Kristina is constantly touring and she has played most well-known venues including Strasbourg's Jazzdor (Fra), D'Jazz Nevers (Fra), A Trane (Ger), Radio France (Fra) and others.
Barta won a 1st place in the composer's jazz competition that took place in Czech Republic in 2016. Her trio (Jan Feco on the bass and Marek Urbanek on the drums) got into the finals of 2016 Euroradio Jazz Competition in Netherland. Kristina is also a winner of the 2017 Powiew Mlodegu Jazzu in Poland, where she received an individual price for her piano playing.
Kristina’s trio released a debut album EMA29 (2017, Alessa Records) that was recorded with a help of many great musicians such as - vibraphonist David Friedman (USA), saxophonist Karel Ruzicka jr. (USA), guitarist Krystof Tomecek (CZ) and trumpeter Miroslav Hloucal (CZ).
Kristina’s trio has played on many well-known venues including Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Steyr Jazz Festival (Austria), V4 Jazz Festival (Hungary) and others.
Kristina Barta is currently performing with her project „Event Horizon“. This five member band is an original trio enriched with guitar and saxophone. The project plays original contemporary creative jazz, reflecting on Kristina's earlier classical music studies with an emphasis on melodies, modern rhythms and electronic elements. Kristina Barta – p; Jan Feco – b; Marek Urbanek – dr; Nela Dusova – sax; Krystof Tomecek – g;
„Jazzová improvizace, autorská tvorba a žánrová pestrost jsou hodnoty, které vyznává Kristina Barta. 9. listopadu budou i páteří ojedinělého sólového recitálu této třiatřicetileté respektované české jazzové klavíristky a skladatelky, která dosud svoji tvorbu prezentovala takřka výhradně s vlastními úspěšnými formacemi“.
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“Fiery, expressive, eloquent and stubborn, wrote one critic of Czech pianist Kristina Barta. Originally admitted to the Prague Conservatoire as an oboist, she has held the piano chair in the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra and has won several prizes. Project Event Horizon is an original trio enriched with guitar and saxophone, with an emphasis on melodies, modern rhythms and electronic elements.” - Jazzahead! 2021
“All three jurors anonymously selected Kristina Barta for her fresh approach and the great interaction within her band members”
“Their music is a combination of jazz tradition and efforts to explore something new. The band sounds optimistic, after the periods of nervous or depressive modern jazz, perhaps, this is a new trend. Helped by the fact they are the young musicians who do not stick to the surface, but go directly to the essence of musical magic”
Reviews / Interviews
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: Interview in Czech Television (2019, Czech Republic)
Montreux Jazz Festival 2018 for CNN Money Television: How to make a living as a jazz musician (2018, Switzerland)
Harmonie Magazine: Kristina Barta: I see black and white music (2017, Czech Republic)