1941 - 2002
Erkki Salmenhaara studied composition with Joonas Kokkonen at the Sibelius Academy (diploma 1963), and with György Ligeti in Vienna in autumn 1963. He also held a doctorate in musicology (1970) at the University of Helsinki, where he had been a lecturer since 1966 and Associate Professor since 1975. Salmenhaara was a prolific, versatile writer on music and was a critic for the leading Finnish daily, Helsingin Sanomat, 1963-1973. He was Chairman of the Society of Finnish Composers 1974-1976 and of the Association of Finnish Symphony Orchestras 1974-1978. Salmenhaara died at the age of 61 in Helsinki on Tuesday 19 March, 2002.