Giorgio Ferrari (born in Genoa, Italy, on 24 December 1925) completed his classical and musical courses in Turin, where he become a law graduate and got his degrees in violin and composition with Bellardi and Maghini. As orchestra conductor he was a pupil of Carlo Zecchi at the Chigiana Academy in Siena.

After having devoted his efforts to compositions, he proved succesful in many international competitions among which: The Award “Serenate Musicali Fiorentine”, the Divonne-les-Bains Competition, the “Regina Maria José” competition, the Competition for a string quartet in Liege. Since 1961 to 1966 he was the Director of the Musical School in Sassari, Sardinia; since 1966 he is a teacher of Composition at the Turin Music School (Conservatorio). Since 1978 Director of the same Institute till 1994.

His production of musical composition starts from the experiences of European music in the stream of the Italian musical renewal after world war II. His personal style is relased from any traditional and conservative attitude nevertheless not bound by prejudices and trends: it is concerned with the problems of the new music in the steady search of a coherent renewal of his own language.

Because of these characteristics prominent critics mentioned him as one of the most interesting “independent” composers of his generation.

Along with his activities as composer and conductor, he devoted his time to organize the musical life in Italy as artistic manager of the Turin Opera House (Teatro Regio) and of the Musical Autumn in Treviso. From 1987 Artistic Director of Premio Paganini, International violin competition in Genoa. He is membre of “Accademia di Santa Cecilia” in Rome.

  • The first performance of Cappuccia (1958, Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo, designer Lorenzo Ghiglia)
  • Sketch by Ferruccio Villagrossi for the first performance of Lord Savile (1970, Teatro Comunale, Treviso)
  • The first performance of Lord Savile (1970, Teatro Comunale, Treviso)
  • I mantici at the Patricia Corbett Theater of Cincinnati (1975)