Kaisa Kortelainen (born 1992) began her musical studies at the Pielisen-Karjala Music Institute in Nurmes, Karelia, before going on to the Sibelius Academy Youth Department and then the Department of Music Performance as a pupil of Mikael Helasvuo. In spring 2017 she gained a master's degree at the Paris Conservatoire under Philippe Bernold. She has attended masterclasses given by Jacques Zoon, Kersten McCall and Emmanuel Pahud, among others. She has played in several Finnish orchestras and is currently second flute with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Kortelainen has performed as soloist with that same orchestra as well as the Joensuu City Orchestra and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. She is well acquainted with the world of festivals and has been personally involved in organising the UNM Festival, Nurmes Summer Academy and the Kaivos Festival in Outokumpu. Kortelainen is a founder member of the Ääninen music collective, which focuses on contemporary music and interdisciplinary events. She also plays with the UMUU Orchestra, which devotes itself to new and experimental music.