In 1980, having qualified for Conducting department, he began attending Professor Gürer AYKAL class. Graduating from both Composition and Conducting, Korkmaz received a scholarship to go to London where he studied Composition and Conducting with Professors Alfred NIEMAN, George NICHOLSON and Alan HASELDINE at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In London he also had the chance to study Contemporary Music with well known authorities in Music such as Hans Werner HENZE, Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN and Peter Maxwell DAVIES. So far, he appeared on the programs of International Music Festivals, concerts and workshops-seminars as Conductor and Composer in Turkey and countries round the Globe such as Japan, Italy, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela, United Kingdom and USA. In February 2001 he worked in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a CD recording of his Symphonic Poem. “SHADES - AND” under his direction. Following, this composition was performed by Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2002, the same work was performed in the opening concert of the Euro Classic Summer Music Festival, in Berlin. In 2003 Korkmaz founded a new Conservatory and an orchestra at Baskent University and was chosen as Turkish delegate for the IRC, International Music Council, UNESCO. In October 2005, he appeared as a conductor in the opening concert of the IV. Saint Petersburg International Piano Festival at the well known Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Russia.
He worked with distinguished artists of the Globe such as Rocco Filippini, Salvatore Accardo, Gustav Rivinius, Martin Berkowski, Gülsin Onay, David Cohen, Cihat Askin, Alexander Rudin to name a few. At present he is the Music director and Principal conductor of the Orchestra Academic Baskent.
His works includes four Symphonic Poems, two Symphonies: the Rain Forest and Enuma Elish (Sumerian Myth of Creation), Guitar concerto and Sonata (World premier by Manchester Camerata) and various music for chamber ensembles, choirs and solo instruments.