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Kirsi-Marja “Kiki” Harju (1993) is a Finnish trumpet player, singer, bandleader and composer based in
Amsterdam. “I didn’t choose the trumpet, the trumpet chose me,” she recalls. “I wanted to play
everything else, particularly violin, but as a kid I made mistakes in the music school exam, I was so
nervous.” She was put into the wind department, given a pocket trumpet and soon found she could play
beautiful melodies. She also sang. “My friends said I was too loud but I loved it. I was in choirs and vocal
groups at school. Later I heard Chet Baker and realised I could combine the two.”
She has studied music both in Finland and in The Netherlands, and lastly she graduated from the jazz department of Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2019