Published in print: 20 January 2001, Published online: 2001; updated and revised, 22 September 2015
(b Turku, Finland, May 16, 1955). Finnish composer. He studied composition with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1974–81) and with Dieter Schnebel in West Berlin (1981–2). In 1977 he was one of the founding members of the Korvat auki (‘Ears Open’) society, set up in order to study, perform, and promote contemporary music in Finland. The young musicians belonging to this group were particularly interested in 1950s-era modernism, and via Schnebel Kortekangas got direct contact with the aesthetic and musical thinking of the ‘Darmstadt School’.