My musical biography

Johanna Földesi was born in 1986 in Gyula, Hungary. Growing up in Dévaványa, she already started taking music lessons as a kid. In 2003 she began her studies in solo singing at the Béla Bartók Music School in Békéscsaba in the class of Erzsébet Feichter. In 2005 after graduating from high school, she continued to take private lessons in Budapest with Zsolt Oláh and in 2006 she was admitted to the Baptist Theological Academy where she was chapel master, studying conducting. During the following years she actively served the baptist communities in her county as a musician.


In 2008 she continued her studies in the Netherlands at the Fontys Conservatoire in Tilburg, studying early music in the singing classes of Ildikó Hajnal and Peggy Hegeman. The latter also introduced Johanna to the world of musical theatre. She obtained her master degree in 2014.


During these years, at the masterclasses of Kinga Cserjési and Heent Prins, she became acquainted with the Libero Canto Approach. This method of the Hungarian voice pedagogue Lajos Szamosi had a great influence on her, and ever since she has included its explored techniques into her professional singing and teaching.


She participated twice at the Sastamala Gregoriana masterclass in Finland, along with other masterclasses of Ian Honeyman, Johannette Zomer, Evelyn Tubb and Anna Azéma.


Already during her studies, she performed regularly as a soloist. In 2012 she founded the early music ensemble Scherzi Musici, which still performs in the Netherlands. Besides taking into account the thorough historical background of their repertoire, the ensemble is especially willing to entertain.


Johanna is also active as a choir conductor in the Netherlands. She doesn’t restrict herself to the performing of early music, but enjoys exploring and singing a variety of styles. She especially appreciates challenging pieces and works written on special texts.