Harri Ahmas (b. 1957) has progressed from free-tonality towards a more chromatic style. He is a musician as well as a composer, playing principal bassoon with the Sinfonia Lahti. Winds, particularly the bassoon, occupy an important role in his output, which consists mostly of chamber music.

He has, however, also written concertos for the trombone (1987), the tuba (1995) and the baritone horn (2001). His principal vocal works are the melodrama-like “Becket” (1993) for mezzosoprano, cello and piano, and the chamber opera “Sydänvirrat” (Heartstreams, 1996-1999).