Estonian conductor Erki Pehk studied piano, choir and orchestra conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn where he graduated in 1993. He continued his studies in orchestra conducting in Riga at the Latvian Academy of Music. During his studies he also participated at the Kirill Kondrashin Conductor's Masterclass in Hilversum, the Netherlands (1990) and attended a Conducting Interpretation Course in Stuttgart with John Eliot Gardiner (1991). In 1997 he finalized his studies as a post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Mr.Pehk has also participated in international competitions and in 1999 and 2001 he was a semifinalist in the International Conductor's Competition in Besancon (France).
From 1994 – 2011 he was engaged as a conductor at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn conducting more that 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. Mr. Pehk has furthermore been involved as Music Director at several large scale productions of classics of the musical repertoire with Estonian music theatre company Smithbridge Productions (1998-2008).
Since 2001 Mr. Pehk is 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). For artistic achievements with this festival and for the production of Thaïs by Massenet, Mr. Pehk was given the State Prize of Musical Theatre of Estonia 2010.
As an international guest opera conductor Mr. Pehk has conducted in Belarus State Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in the season 2010/2011. In November 2010 he made his debut in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Opera Studio of Netherlands. He also conducted tours of Die Fledermaus and Die Lustige Witwe with International Opera Productions in various theaters in Belgium and the Netherlands in 2011-2012. He has worked in music theaters of Bulgaria (Varna, Bourgas), Germany (Erfurt), France (Angers, Nantes, Rennes) and Lithuania (Kaunas) and conducted in many other countries like Latvia, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany and France.
He collaborated with several renowned musicians: violinist Tatiana Grindenko, countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic, flute player Camilla Hoitenga, soprano Barbara Hendricks, trumpet player and composer Markus Stockhausen, composer Sofia Gubaidulina etc.
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.
Most active collaboration has Mr. Pehk with the Belarus State Radio Symphony Orchestra (since 2009), with the Kaunas State Musical Theatre (since 2011) and with the Ukrainian National Chamber Ensemble "Kyiv Soloists" (since 2016).
He appeared in concerts and performances with:
Estonian National Opera
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra of Estonian Academy of Music
Võru Symphony Orchestra
Pärnu City Symphony Orchestra
Tartu Vanemuine Music Theatre
The 21st Century Orchestra (including tours to Germany and Luxembourg in 2004)
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra (Russia)
Yaroslavl Academic Symphony Orchestra (Russia)
Moscow Helikon Opera Orchestra
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra (Finland)
Vaasa City Orchestra (Finland)
Kymi Sinfonietta (Finland)
Erfurt Theater (Germany)
Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany)
Obuda Danubia Orchestra (Hungary)
Rennes Opéra (France)
Angers-Nantes Opéra (France)
Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne (France)
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire (France)
Burgas Opera (Bulgaria)
Varna Opera (Bulgaria)
National Chamber Ensemble "Kyiv Soloists" (Ukraine)
National Ensemble of Soloists "Kievska Kamerata" (Ukraine)
Kaunas State Music Theatre (Lithuania)
Kaunas Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania)
Klaipeda State Music Theatre Orchestra (Lithuania)
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus
State Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus
State Academic Ballet and Opera Bolshoi Theatre of the Republic of Belarus