Federico Ferri is the musical director of the Accademia degli Astrusi and the Respighi Ensemble, chamber orchestras which he founded in the midst of developing artistic projects on music from the Baroque to contemporary periods. His work on the discovery and promotion of forgotten repertoire through philological research of seventeenth and eighteenth century Italy is particularly significant. It deals with, among other things, the instrumental work of Giovanni Battista Martini, Mozart’s teacher, from which they produced a critical edition for Suvini Zerboni, performed and recorded with the Accademia degli Astrusi. He has also staged two rare interludes by Martini at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with the Accademia degli Astrusi, with set design created by original sketches of Dario Fo and published on DVD for Sony.
This work on the Bolognese school of music has led to research of composers such as Colonna, Perti, Cazzati, Torrelli and Zavateri leading up to Rossini and Donizetti, discovering and performing rare or unpublished music on original instruments. Over the years, his musical research has led him to perform premieres of early twentieth century songs by composers from Franco Margola and Luciano Simoni to the contemporary work of Adriano Guarnieri. He also devised artistic and experimental projects recognised several times by the President of the Italian Republic.
He has collaborated with renowned soloists such as Anna Caterina Antonacci, Bruno Canino, Sara Mingardo, Franco Maggio Ormezowsky, Domenico Nordio, Pavel Berman, Danilo Rossi, Stefano Montanari, Laura Polverelli and prestigious actors like Arnoldo Foa, Ugo Pagliai and Sandro Lombardi.
He has performed in venues such as the Ravenna Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, London’s Wigmore Hall, MiTo SeptemberMusic, IUC, Reate Festival, Stresa Festival, Amici della Musica di Florence, Unione Musicale of Turin, Grand Theatre de l’Opera National de Bordeaux , Royal Palace in Lisbon, Quirinale Palace, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Sociale di Como, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Festival Rota dos Monumentos Lisbon Festival Monteverdi, Perugia Classical Music, Varaždinske Barokne večeri, Auditorio Principe Felipe Oviedo, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Teatro de La Monnaie in Brussels.
As part of his activities, he has conducted orchestras such as the Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Philharmonic Orchestra of Arad, Accademia Filarmonica della Scala, I Pomeriggi Musicali and choirs such as Ars Cantica and La Stagione Armonica.
Many of his recordings and concerts have been broadcast live on channels such as Sky Classic, Unitel, Rai 1, Rai 3, Rai 5, Vatican Radio, SBS, Swiss Italian Radio, BBC, RAI Radio 3 with frequent appearances on major players of the Euroradio circuit such as Radio Catalunya, ERR Klassika, NRK, BR Klassik and Concertzender. He has received very positive reviews by music critics, specifically for the “Seasons” by Adriano Guarnieri, recorded for Tactus in collaboration with Rai Trade. He also recorded several titles for record companies such as Velut Luna, Tactus, Open reel records, Classic Voice and Amadeus.
He completed his musical studies in the Conservatory “G. B. Martini” in Bologna, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, the Accademie Toscanini in Parma, Stauffer of Cremona and other institutions. He studied cello with Massimo Godoli, Micha Maisky, Franco Maggio Ormezowsky, Rocco Filippini, Mauro Valli and composition with Bianca Maria Furgeri and Adriano Guarnieri. He trained in conducting with Luis Salomon, Isaac Karabchewsky, Aldo Ceccato but particularly with Carlo Maria Giulini. He was an assistant to Gianandrea Noseda for opera productions such as Rossini‘s La Cenerentola, The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky, Mozart‘s Idomeneo and Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti.
The Accademia degli Astrusi Bologna are the ambassadors for UNESCO City of Music. In 2013 he recorded a project for Sony with Anna Bonitatibus, dedicated to the figure of Semiramis with unpublished opera arias by Caldara, Porpora, Rossini and Meyerbeer. It was received with great acclaim by international critics. In September 2014 he conducted in Milan and Turin for a production of “Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell at the September MiTo Festival, highly regarded by the public and critics. Future projects include the rediscovery of the repertoire of the great castrato Farinelli and the world music that connects the eighteenth century to the melodrama of Rossini and Donizetti.