Johanna Vahermägi began her music studies at the age six at the Tallinn Music High School, in the violin class of Tiiu Peäske. She began learning to play viola in 2000 and graduated from the Tallinn Music High School with honours in 2007. Since then, she has improved herself in this field at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the guidance of Viljar Kuuse, at the Centro Internacional de Excelenica de Cuerda institute (Spain), and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Aragon (Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, Spain) under Professor Avri Levitani. She received her Master’s degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance under the guidance of Professor Roi Shiloah.
Johanna has participated in the masterclasses of Tabea Zimmermann, Amihai Grosz, Gilad Karni, Nicolas Chumachenko, Beatrice Muthelet, Haim Taub, etc. and is the first place laureate of the international soloists’ competition “3. Concurso Internacional de Solistas Illa de Menorca FIDAH” (2011) and David Grits’ String Competition held in Jerusalem (2015).
She has been invited to perform at several festivals, including Musikfest Berlin, Festival della Valle d’Itria (Italy), the chamber music festival “Voice of Music” (Israel), the Rapla Church Music festival, Hiiumaa Chamber Music Days, etc. She has also performed chamber music with interpreters such as Guy Braunstein, Amihai Grosz, Nicolas Chumachenko, Avri Levitan, Roi Shiloah, Alexander Pavlovsky, Zvi Plesser, Ohad Ben Ari, Harri Traksmann, Triin Ruubel, Henry-David Varema, Ivari Ilja, Sigrid Kuulmann, Marko Martin, Riivo Kallasmaa, Leho Karin, etc.
She has also given concerts in Germany and Spain, and recorded with the international modern music group “Ensemble Plural” for CD RadioBremen (conductor Fabian Panisello). She has also soloed in front of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the European Youth Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras in Israel, Italy, Finland, and Estonia. Johanna has performed at the Barcelona Liceu Opera House and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and is currently working as a viola and chamber music teacher at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.