The Theorbo, The Archlute & the Baroque Guitar
Born in 1990, she studied classical guitar at the Conservatories of Fermo and Novara with Claudio Marcotulli, Maurizio Grandinetti and Guido Fichtner. In 2011 she graduated in classical guitar with full marks, then she improved with Andrea Dieci and Bruno Giuffredi at the Guitar Academy “G. Regondi” in Milan. She attended masterclasses held by W. Zanetti, E. Casoli, M. Mela, A. Tallini and others. In 2014 she graduated with a Master Degree in guitar pedagogy and in 2015 she obtains, with honors, the Master Degree in classical guitar with an interpretative address. As a guitarist she dedicates herself, in particular, to the historical repertoire of the twentieth century and to contemporary music.
Subsequently her interest towards early music performed on historical instruments led her to focus on the study of the solo repertoire for lute, theorbo, baroque guitar and continuo playing with Massimo Lonardi, Ugo Nastrucci and Evangelina Mascardi, obtaining in 2020 with honours a Master Degree in lute with a thesis dedicated to the historical transcriptions of Couperin’s pieces for theorbo.
As a continuo player, Sofia Ferri worked with many early music ensembles such as: L’Accademia dell’Annunciata, Il Giardino di Delizie, Astrarium Consort, La Selva Armonica, Orchestra Barocca di Cremona, Effimere Corde, Armonia Verticale, Tripla Cadenza, Trio Fontana, Ensemble Baschenis and others, performing in several festivals such as Festival Internazionale del ‘700 musicale napoletano (Naples), Bologna Festival, Agapé (Geneva), Festival Vivaldi(Castrovillari), Concerti d’Autunno (Naples), L’Architasto (Rome), Musica a San Vincenzo (Sesto Calende), OperArte(Ganna), Classica da Mercato (Bologna), MoviMenti (Castelfranco Emilia), Filosofarti (Gallarate), Le Musiche del Grimani (Venice), I Tesori di Orfeo (Pavia), Festival di Bellagio e del Lago di Como, Cortili in musica (Pavia), Musical Appointments of the Piacenza and Vigevano Foundation.
With Il Giardino di Delizie she recorded for DaVinci a CD dedicated to the triosonatas of Isabella Leonarda. With L’Accademia dell’Annunciata she recorded for Universal a Concerto for viola and orchestra by A. Appignani (2021). With Orchestra Barocca di Cremona she recorded for Urania Records a CD dedicated to transcriptions of Corelli’s Op. 6 Concertos (2019) and a double CD with Francesco A. Urio’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (2021).