Barbara Kresnik started with piano lessons at the age of seven. When she was ten she continued her musical practice with switching to percussions. She studied under Prof Boris Šurbek at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, where she acquired her diploma in 1995. She continued her studies at the Versailles Music Conservatory with Prof Sylvio Gauda, where she graduated with a special reward of the composer Jean Aubin for best musical interpretation and the evaluation of “La Medaille d’Or al Unanimite”. Already as a student Barbara Kresnik attended classes of important percussionist teachers and performers, like Keiko Abe, Evelyn Glennie, Igor Lešnik, Jean Geoffroy and others.

She collaborated with the Slovene Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia, the Ljubljana Opera and Ballet Orchestra, numerous chamber ensembles and as a soloist with the Slovene Philharmonics. She pursued a teaching career as a professor at the grammar schools in Celje and Koper. With the harpist Nicoletta Sanzin she performed in Slovenia and Italy and in 1999 became one of the founding members of the group StoP (Slovene Percussions Project), where she acts as a soloist, lecturer and teacher. Since 1997 she has been a member of the Slovene Philharmonics as a percussionist and since 2007 also as a timpanist.