According to the Internet source given below, Monika Ruusmaa was born in Tartu, Estonia. She started her musical career under the guidance of Maire Tamm and Neeme Punder. After graduating at the Tallinna Muusikakeskkool in 2001 she continued her studies with Paul Leenhouts
at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Currently she is studying at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Sebastien Marq
. In 1995 and 1997 Monika was awarded first prize and in 2001 won a special award for the most creative player at the Estonian Young Wind Instrument Players Competition. Ms. Ruusmaa regularly performs with various chamber music ensembles. With the early music group Rondellus she performed at The Ancient Nesvizh Festival in Belarus. She is also member of ensemble Cecilia, which appeared at the 2005 edition of the Viljandi Folk Music Festival Estonia. As a member of The Royal Wind Music
she took part in The First European Recorder Festival and toured Austria, France, Germany and The Netherlands.