Giorgio Ferraris was born in Milan in 1946; he studied Economics and graduated at the Catholic University of Milan in 1969. In the same years he was taught guitar by Ruggero Chiesa and got his diploma at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of Milan.
As a guitarist he completed higher courses of specialization held by Oscar Ghiglia and Abel Carlevaro. In the following years he devoted himself to the study of the lute; he studied under the guidance of Orlando Cristoforetti and got his diploma at the Conservatory of Verona. As a lute player he completed higher courses of specialization run by the English Lute Society.
He performed as a concert-player in Italy and abroad (on tours in Europe, Japan and India) both as a soloist and as a member of groups specialized in early music.As a continuo player he performed l7th and l8th century music with the R.A.I. Orchestra of Milan and with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra.
He is also interested in musical iconography. He cooperated with the Biblioteca della Banca Popolare of Bergamo an the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo to the publication of different books on Evaristo Baschenis, the most important l7th century painter of musical instruments. He published papers, essays and monographs on the above topic. He is currently teaching at the Scuola Civica di Musica and Civica Scuola di Liuteria of the City of Milan.
He has recorded for Concerto and Ducale.