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Maika Küster, born in 1993, grew up in an artist’s household in Dinslaken, and began learning the flute at the age of nine. She first played in orchestras before joining the school jazz band. Already during their preparatory studies in Cologne, the quartet Der weise Panda was formed, which received the Sparda Jazz Award in 2015 and released their album Ma in 2016 as well as won the Prix du Public at the Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon competition. In 2020, she released the second album with the band, which has now expanded into a quintet. Küster studied jazz at the Folkwang University of the Arts. During her studies, other projects were created, such as the band Wir hatten was mit Björn and the duo Mockingbird. Moreover, she performs with the singer collective Sungsound, worked as a theatre musician and also performed with The Dorf.

Current roles:

  • Music, Musician in Ton