Estonian conductor Erki Pehk was engaged for 17 years (1994 – 2011) as a conductor at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn conducting more than 700 performances of this company. He was also invited to teach conducting at the Tallinn Music College and he held this teaching position from 1992 till 1997. In 2000 he founded his own orchestra in Tallinn: the 21st Century Orchestra and he is the principal conductor of this ensemble that plays mostly contemporary but also classic repertoire from Estonian and international composers.
Since 2001 is Maestro Pehk the Artistic Director of the renowned Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers in Pärnu (Estonia) and in 2005 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Pärnu International Opera Music Festival (PromFest). At his Opera Festival he conducted new productions of Rubinstein’s opera Demon, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bizet’s Carmen, Thaïs by Jules Massenet and Attila by Verdi. For artistic achievements with this festival and for the production of Thaïs Maestro Pehk was given the State Prize of Musical Theatre of Estonia 2010.
Erki Pehk has furthermore been involved as Music Director at several large scale productions of classics of the musical repertoire. He conducted performances of C.M.Schönberg‘s Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, L.Bart‘s Oliver!, Hermann’s La Cage aux Folles and Hello Dolly!, Gershwin’s Crazy For You, Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and many others (1998-2007).
Maestro Pehk was engaged as guest conductor among others at Belarus State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (La Bohéme/ Carmen), in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Opera Studio of Netherlands (Die Fledermaus). Since 2010 he was appointed as first guest conductor of the Belarus State Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Erki Pehk has conducted in Estonia but also in other countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Finland, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, France and Germany. His future engagements include Aida at Vanemuine theatre in Tartu, La traviata by Verdi at the "Prom Fest" Pärnu and Fidelio by Beethoven at Opéra de Rennes. He is also engaged to conduct concerts with the Ukrainian national chamber orchestra called "Kiev Soloists" and Belarus State Radio and Television Orchestra.