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Barbara Wiernik

Barbara Wiernik Biography - -
Singer - Songwriter - Lyricist - Teacher - Researcher

Barbara Wiernik's passion for jazz began at the age of 18 when she entered the Jazz Studio in Antwerp. After two years, she followed her teacher David Linx to the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel (KCB) where she graduated with distinction five years later. Alongside her studies, she also benefited from the guidance of her mentor Norma Winstone in the United Kingdom.

In 1999, Barbara embarked on her first training in traditional Hindustani and Carnatic singing in India, which added a unique flavor to her repertoire. Since then, she has continued to expand her skills through Estill Figure Proficiency, Circle Songs, Carnatic singing and rhythms.

Barbara released her debut album in 2000 in collaboration with Jozef Dumoulin after seven years of working together. She has since released several projects as a leader or co-leader, including "Soul of Butterflies," which showcases her own compositions and lyrics, "PiWiZ," focusing on the compositions of Pirly Zurstrassen, and "WRaP!," featuring the music of Alain Pierre.

In 2016, Barbara teamed up with Italian pianist Nicola Andrioli to release the highly acclaimed album "Complicity." Her latest project, "Barbara Wiernik ELLIPSE," features a talented group of musicians and was released in September 2022.Barbara's dedication to her craft extends beyond performing and recording. She has been teaching jazz singing and vocal improvisation workshops at several Royal Conservatories of Belgium, including the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, for the past fifteen years. In 2020, she joined the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel as a research assistant for a doctoral thesis on current jazz singers in Europe, a subject that fascinates her deeply.