- 1st place
Kaisa Mäensivu is a Finnish double bass player and composer. She is currently based in New York, where she finished her Master's degree at the highly acclaimed Manhattan School of Music in May 2017. She studied under the guidance of teachers and professors such as Dave Liebman and Jay Anderson.
During her career, Kaisa has been awarded multiple awards and grants. In 2017 Kaisa won the Kauko Viitamäki - award as an accomplished jazz musician. In 2017 she also won the third prize in the Esko Linnavalli - big band composing competition. She plays with a variety of groups in both the U.S and Finland, and also leads her own jazz quartet Kaisa's Machine, which released its debut album ’In the key of K’ via Eclipse Music in December 2017.