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Franco Ferrara (7/04/1911 - 9/06/1985)

Ferrara seemed to have been born to be a musician. He grew up in Palermo, surrounded by its Art Nouveau architecture (known in Italy as “stile Liberty”), and started his musical studies at an early age, having begun to entertain his family with little piano sonatas and marches he had composed himself when he was still only five years old. From Palermo’s Vincenzo Bellini Conservatory he moved to Bologna, following his composition teacher, Cesare Nordio, who had already spotted the boy’s astonishing talent for both writing music and playing the piano. His family also moved to Bologna, where they witnessed the young prodigy graduate in violin under Angelo Consolini, and in piano and composition under Nordio. Between 1925 and 1926 Ferrara undertook various tours of Italian cities, performing on both violin and piano. He played some of his own short works, including a delightful Fantasia ungherese-Aria. As early as 1925 he had started work as a violinist in the Teatro di Bologna’s house orchestra. During this period he encountered some of the great conductors of the day, men who left an indelible mark on him: Antonio Guarnieri, Arturo Toscanini and Gino Marinuzzi. In 1933 he was invited by Vittorio Gui to become one of the leading violinists in his newly founded Maggio Musicale orchestra.

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