Heiki Vahar

Born: November 23rd, 1957, Tallinn, Estonia (Soviet Union)
Nationality: Estonian (formerly: Soviet)

Heiki Vahar studied the violin at the Tallinn Music School and the Estonian Music Academy. He found employment at ER, the Estonian broadcaster, first as a concertmaster, later as a conductor, specializing in variety music. He worked on the Estonian version of the musical ‘Chess’ and conducted one the country’s first rock operas, ‘Soul and passion’. Having played in several rock bands before, Vahar became the violinist in the folk ensemble Kukerpillid in 2001; with the band, he performed at the Viljandi Festival on several occasions.

Heiki Vahar was involved in conducting the studio versions of the 1994 and 1996 Estonian Eurovision entries ‘Nagu merelaine’ and ‘Kaelakee hääl’. The 1998 Eurovision Song Contest was his only appearance as a conductor in the live broadcast, leading the orchestra for the Estonian effort ‘Mere lapsed’, a gentle piano ballad performed by Koit Toome.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Heiki Vahar will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1998: Mere lapsed