Barbara Kinga Majewska specializes in performing contemporary music. Her area of expertise and main interest is the voice – both as a musical instrument and a form of expression, and as a communicative device used in publicity and education.
Barbara Kinga Majewska specializes in performing contemporary music.
She was born in Warsaw on 1st November, 1982. She began systematic singing lessons at the age of 18 at the Józef Elsner State Secondary School in Warsaw under Waleria Przelakowska-Rokita. In 2011, she graduated from Detmold’s Music Academy and earned a degree in vocal studies under Gerhild Romberger and music education. She was awarded a scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which enabled her to continue her education at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm under Prof. Petteri Salomaa and Prof. Christina Billing. She also studied musicology at the University of Warsaw. In 2011, she took part in the 'Opera Academy' Young Talents Development Programme at the Grand Theatre –National Opera in Warsaw. In 2012, she graduated from the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Song Interpretation Course at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She is currently writing her PhD in the Creative Psychopedagogy Department at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education.
She was awarded many scholarships, mainly by the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation, the Werner Richard Foundation – Dr. Carl Dörken and the Hans and Stefan Bernbeck Foundation. In 2009, she became a finalist of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition. She took part in master classes with such renowned singers and teachers as Olga Pasiecznik, Maciej Pikulski, Jadwiga Rappé, Grace Bumbry, Anita Garanča, András Schiff, Francisco Araíza, Christa Ludwig and Barbara Bonney. She took part in the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt with Donatienne Michel-Dansac. She also attended the Darmstadt Contemporary Opera Workshops. In 2015, she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
In 2014, Barbara Kinga Majewska debuted in the Grand Theatre – National Opera scene in Sławomir Wojciechowski’s 'Zwycięstwo nad Słońcem' (Victory Over the Sun) [Projekt P]. That same year during the Instalakcje Festival in Warsaw, she performed four world premieres of compositions commissioned for her and the Kwadrofonik ensemble written by Aleksandra Gryka, Andrzej Kwieciński, Wojciech Blenard and Sławomir Wojciechowski. In November 2014, she also took part in the premiere composition performance of Joanna Woźny’s 'Szczęśliwe dni' (Happy Days) along with the pianist Emilia Sitarz and the Kwartludium ensemble. The premiere opened at TR Warszawa as part of the '4 for Beckett' project curated by Paweł Krzaczkowski.
Barbara Kinga Majewska shows a wide variety of vocal skills, moving smoothly between conventions and the so-called extended vocal techniques. This distinction seems increasingly inappropriate when applied to the context of the Instalakcje Festival. The artist uses the whole wealth of the spectrum of the human voice, utilizing it in such a way that she becomes not a solo artist, but a member of the group. The concert as a performance is a meeting of sorts, of pop culture habits and musical performance studies – music did not suffer here at all (which is not that obvious), but rather naturally added the visual form to the overall presentation of the 4 new compositions.
– stated Adam Suprynowicz in the press coverage material of the Instalakcje Festival for the internet magazine Dwutygodnik.com
Majewska publishes in the Culture column of the Goethe Institute's website as well as on the National Audiovisual Institute's Muzykoteka Szkolna website. In 2015, she was awarded the First Prize in Polish Music Critics Competition KROPKA for her publication entitled 'The scent of the body and an instrument' in the Glissando magazine. Since 2016 she has also been publishing in the monthly Ruch Muzyczny. Barbara Kinga Majewska is also the author of CRITICAL VOCAL GUIDE (krytycznyprzewodnikwokalny.pl) and Manifesto NEW CANTABILITY IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC.
Ever since 2011, she has been working as a teacher in the State Music School nr 1 in Warsaw.
In 2015 the artist has been nominated for one of the most renowned awards in Poland, Paszporty Polityki, in the category classical music. Wysokie Obcasy magazine has listed Majewska as one of the 50 most influential women of 2016.
Author: Agnieszka Grzybowska, May 2015. Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska
- Sławomir Wojciechowski, Zwycięstwo nad Słońcem (Victory Over the Sun) - Projekt P, Grand Theatre – National Opera, Warsaw 2014
- Wojciech Blecharz, September (the next reading), Nowy Theatre, Warsaw 2014
- Aleksandra Gryka, W.ALTER’s(Z), Nowy Theatre, Warsaw 2014
- Aleksander Kwieciński, non si puo fuggire, Nowy Theatre, Warsaw 2014
- Sławomir Wojciechowski, Machina zawiła (Perplexing Machine), Nowy Theatre, Warsaw 2014
- Joanna Woźny, Szczęśliwe dni (Happy Days) - project 4 for Beckett, Rozmaitości Theatre, Warsaw 2014
- Paweł Mykietyn, Czarodziejska Góra, Malta Festival, 2015
- Marcin Stańczyk, Aftersounds (Afterimages), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw 2015
- Adam Walicki, Slavox, Nowy Theatre, Warsaw 2016
- Olga Neuwirth, Lost Highway (Polish premiere), National Forum of Music, Wrocław 2016
- John Zorn, Pandora's Box (Polish premiere), ICE Kraków Congress Centre, 2016
- _Kelo & Michał Libera, Invisible City, Großer Lärm, 2015
- Franz Schubert, Winterreise, Bôłt Records, 2015
- Wojciech Blecharz, Liminal studies, Bôłt Records, DVD 2016