Biography

Bram Kortekaas (1989) 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.

 

Several of Kortekaas’ compositions have been influenced by his background as a political scientist. Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie (Footnotes to the human comedy), a commission by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series, is based on columns written for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant by Arnon Grunberg. This work was premiered by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir under the baton of Karel Mark Chichon in October 2017, and reprised in the in the 2019-2020 season with the same choir, the Residentie Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon.

 

Earlier in 2017, commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he wrote Leonard Bernstein, Security Matter – C for wind quintet and singer Carina Vinke, in which parts of Bernstein’s FBI-dossier were set to music.

 

The same orchestra commissioned him to write a new work for Soprano and Orchestra. Notenkrakers' notulen (Nutcracker's Minutes) 

 

Kortekaas has composerd over ten symphonic works, including the percussion concerto Balance of Power, that have gained attention for their detailed orchestration. His composition The Pillars of Creation won the first prize in the Euregio Youth Orchestra Composition Competition 2015. 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). 

Bram Kortekaas was born in Amsterdam in 1989. His compositional output includes over ten orchestral works that have gained attention for their detailed orchestration. His composition The Pillars of Creation has won the first prize in the Euregio Youth Orchestra Composition Competition.

 

Several of Kortekaas’ compositions have been influenced by political or historical events. In Kortekaas: Notenkrakers' notulen (Nutcraker’s minutes, 2020), a work for Soprano and orchestra commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he brings the minutes of the tumultuous 1970 public discussion between the so-called ‘Nutcrackers’ protestors and the board of the Concertgebouw Orchestra to life.

 

Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie (Footnotes to the human comedy), a commission by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series, is based on columns written for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant by Arnon Grunberg.

 

His music is performed by amongst others the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Kortekaas has worked with conductors and musicians such as Nicholas Collon, Antony Hermus, Bas Wiegers, and Katharine Dain.

 

His compositions are published by Donemus. Bram Kortekaas is a board member of the Nieuw Geneco, the association of Dutch composers.

Photo: Malou Kranen
Photo: Malou Kranen