Hello! I’m Katja.
I’m a performing artist, singer, musician and writer. A dreamer and seeker, a gypsy at heart.
My roots are in the North, in the green forests and thousand lakes of Finland, that the German playwright Bertolt Brecht described as the country where people are silent in two languages (Finnish and Swedish). I’m not so sure being silent is a fitting description of me, though, as I work with the voice and love to communicate!
My art is about telling stories and sharing my observations on life. I love pondering many big questions and making connections. With my work, I hope to inspire you, connect you to your memories, your dreams, your soul. I enjoy exploring themes like home-sickness, identity and roots, and the universal melancholy that is present in music styles across cultural boundaries. The songs I sing and the music I play is like me: sometimes lyrical and romantic, nostalgic and melancholic, sometimes bubbly, cheeky and playful. An eclectic mixture of styles with influences of folk, jazz, bossa nova, samba, tango, singer-songwriter and pop. I love to connect with audiences and have performed in venues ranging from living rooms to music venues, open-air festivals to theaters.
I’m also a voice and music teacher working with performers, aspiring singers and professionals to help them find their own voice, communicate authentically, connect with their audiences, and live sustainable and inspired creative lives.
Having struggled with performance anxiety and creative blocks, and gone through a burnout, I feel a deep calling to share what I have learned with other performers and teachers. All those challenges have brought me closer to my Self, helped me live and speak my own truth, feel more connection and trust with life, and to create, perform and connect with my audience on a deeper, more meaningful level. I love to explore the voice-body-mind-soul connection, and enjoy making a synthesis of the many science-based methods there are to help us use our voices with ease, power and flexibility. I also love to share what I have learned about creating a sustainable life and career as a performing artist, singer and “artist-preneur”.
Thanks to modern technology I am blessed to work with people from all over the world in my online programs, and also in person on location across Europe. I teach at performing arts institutes, music schools and cultural projects, on workshops, courses and retreats, and coach and mentor performers and teachers in 1:1 and group programs. Wanna work together? Schedule a free consulation call to discuss your vocal and performance goals, and read all about my coaching programs and brainstorming sessions for singers, performers and creatives on the Complete Vocal Coach site.
Here in my home on the web, I share my music and musings, the lessons I learn along my creative journey, on building a sustainable life and career as an artist-preneur. I am currently working on my new solo project, continuing to perform and teach, and exploring the joys and challenges of being a traveling artist and teacher.
While having had my base in The Netherlands the past 15 years, my Fenno-Swedish heart has grown roots in many places around the world. Right now, as I am embarking on a new, exciting journey of creating, I am following my inspiration, listening to my intuition and will go where the road leads next.