Bram Kortekaas (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) studied composition with Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and political science at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Copenhagen. In recent years he has mainly written symphonic music, commissioned by the Noordholland Youth Orchestra, Ricciotti Ensemble, VU-Orchestra Amsterdam and the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra (Nesko). Currently he is working on a composition for the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir based on texts by Arnon Grunberg, commissioned by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee. The composition will be premiered on October 14th 2017 in the Royal Concertgebouw under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon.
Kortekaas won the first prize in the Euregio Youth Orchestra Composition Competition 2015 with his composition The Pillars of Creation. It received performances in the Netherlands and Belgium in April and May 2016.
In the summer of 2014 Foreign Body, commissioned by the VU-Orchestra Amsterdam, was included in the Järvi International Academy for Conductors (Estonia) and the International Music Festival of the Greater Hermitage (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).
Commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kortekaas wrote Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C for wind quintet and singer Carina Vinke, based on Bernstein’s FBI-dossier. He further wrote chamber music for, amongst others, the Van Amsterdam Duo, pianist Marcel Worms (released on CD by Zefir Records), the Borealis Trio and Canja Ensemble. His works have been performed on a number of music festivals, including Grachtenfestival and Uitmarkt (both in Amsterdam), November Music, the Järvi International Academy for Conductors (Estonia), Silk Road International Arts Festival (China) and the International Music Festival of the Greater Hermitage (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).
In the recent years, Kortekaas is becoming increasingly more active as a conductor, in addition to his work as a composer. He is currently the conductor of the newly founded orchestra Plenum in Copenhagen and SymfUni, the student orchestra of the University of Copenhagen. He studied conducting privately with Daan Admiraal.