Miika JÃ¤msÃ¤ (born in 1979, Toholampi, Finland) is the first prize winner of the third Lieksa International Tuba Competition 2013. He has also been a finalist in two other international competitions and a winner of two national competitions.
As a child JÃ¤msÃ¤ began to play trumpet at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory. After trying to reach the high notes for six years he decided to take the tuba and just play low. JÃ¤msÃ¤ started his professional studies at the Lahti Concervatory with Juha Salmela, continued them at the Sibelius Academy with Petri Keskitalo and graduated as a Master of Music in 2008. He has taken part in several master classes around Europe.
JÃ¤msÃ¤ has been a military musician since 2003. His position is the solo player of the brass in the Guards band of Finland. In addition he has been a soloist with St. Michel Strings, Joensuu City Orchestra, Avanti Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of Estonian Defence Forces and Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra among others. JÃ¤msÃ¤ is an active chamber musician. He has played the first premiere of three new tuba concertos, two pieces for tuba solo and many chamber music works as well. JÃ¤msÃ¤ also substitutes often in professional symphony orchestras in Finland. In the evenings he loves to play the bass lines with jazz and rock bands with tuba or sousaphone.
JÃ¤msÃ¤ had the honour to be the Military musician of the year 2006. Hamina Tattoo chose him to be the Musician of the year 2014.