Born in Krakow, Poland, violinist Barbara Dziewięcka-Data performs a broad variety of musical styles from classical to Latin.
Barbara came to study in London in 2006, after she was awarded a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where her teacher was Krzysztof Śmietana. She completed the BMus (Hons) course and got a distinction for her principal study in 2010. In 2012 Barbara graduated from the Royal College of Music in London where she completed Masters in Performance course studying with a renowned teacher Itzhak Rashkovsky, as a recipient of RCM scholarship. During her education she was generously supported by City of London Corporation, Music Hostel Trust and Concordia Foundation.
Barbara is a winner of numerous competitions and awards including The Audience Prize at St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition and the 1st prize in Philip Carne Foundation Prize at RCM Competition in London.
Barbara’s solo and chamber music performances has taken her to various music festivals around the world, to include UK, United States, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Colombia, Cuba, Azerbaijan and others.
Recently, as a violinist of the Latin ensemble Classico Latino, Barbara released a new album called “Havana Classics”. Recorded at EGREM studios in Havana (where the legendary Buena Vista Social Club recorded their albums), Havana Classics is Classico Latino’s life-affirming encounter with one of the planet’s most remarkable musical cultures, showing the tropical spirit of old Cuba with a unique classical twist, in the company of star Cuban musicians including a jazz violinist Omar Puente. With the group Classico Latino, Barbara regularly performs in South America, including Teatro Colon, Teatro Mayor Julio Santo Domingo and Teatro Libre in Bogota, Colombia. Barbara also appeared in various Colombian TV and Radio stations. More info about Classico Latino here: https://classicolatino.com
Since 2010, Barbara has been regularly working with Nigel Kennedy, as a member and co-leader of his “Orchestra of Life”, as well as individually, including numerous tours, viola leading at 2013 BBC Proms Festival, and the Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Jean-Luc Ponty and the Led Zeppelin’s star Robert Plant. She took part in Kennedy’s recordings for Sony Classical: A. Vivaldi’s The New Four Seasons in 2011 and the album ‘Recital’ recorded in Abbey Road Studios. Intensive touring with Nigel Kennedy has taken her to Berlin Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Staadcasino Basel, Palais des Congress in Paris, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall in London and many more.
As an orchestral player, Barbara works with various British orchestras. She regularly works with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra appointed as Principal first violin, as well as with BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Heritage Orchestra, and others. She has been privileged to perform with Valery Giergiev, Antonio Pappano, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Semyon Bychkov, Marta Argerich, Maxim Vengerov, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Fleming, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others.
She participated in various international masterclasses and festivals receiving tuition from Rainer Schmidt, Richard Ireland, Kevin Kenner, Helene Dautry, Kaja Danczowska, Jan Stanienda, Adam Korniszewski, Leonid Kerbel, Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, Michael Vaiman, Rivka Golani, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Belcea Quartet, and Chillingirian Quartet.
Barbara also shows her interest in other music genres, and performed with artists such as Quincy Jones, Robert Plant, Jean-Luc Ponty, Joss Stone, Pete Tong, Jonas Blue and others. Although she’s been classically trained, her interest in improvisation and jazz has taken her to venues like the Vortex, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express in Soho in London, Bestival in the Isle of White, London O2 Arena. Barbara is also passionate about tango music, and regularly plays with various tango ensembles in London. She co-founded her own tango project The Ultimate Tango and recorded an album with Astor Piazzolla’s tangos in original new arrangements. Most recently, she joined the London based tango group called the Viazzani Ensemble.
Barbara is also a violin teacher based in London. She holds a certificate of the Phase I Colourstrings Course with Geza Szilvay, the founder of “Colourstrings” teaching method. Her teaching experience includes working at North London Conservatoire, Paddington Academy, St. Martin in the Fields School for Girls and Polish School of Music “Cantabile” in London.