American Double bassist and violone player Peter Ferretti enjoys an international career performing on the most exciting bass instruments that the field has to offer. He began his studies as a 90’s child in the bustling metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina with Jeff Ferdon. Mr. Ferdon imparted a lifelong passion for early music from the very beginning of their relationship. Mr. Ferretti’s passion for early music lay dormant for several years, in which he enjoyed a decade of masquerading around the world as an orchestral bassist, participating in the orchestras of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, the Britten-Pears Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, the Moritzburg Festival, and thrice as a fellow of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In between his summers gallivanting around the world, Mr. Ferretti could be found obtaining degrees from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of the inimitable Don Palma, and furthering studies with Bruce Bransby at Indiana University.
In 2015, Mr. Ferretti moved to New York to study early music as a part of the Historical Performance department at The Juilliard School in the studio of Robert Nairn, an institution that allowed him to dedicate two years to learning from the most respected directors and instrumentalists in the field, including but certainly not limited to Robert Mealy, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Richard Egarr, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, William Christie, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Stephen Stubbs, and Lawrence Cummings. While performing with Juilliard’s resident baroque orchestra Juilliard415, Mr. Ferretti was able to travel the world, including performances in Western Europe and India with countless performances throughout the United States between them. He was honored to participate in a tour featuring alumni of Juilliard415 to represent the United States throughout Bolivia in the spring of 2018. He departed from Juilliard in 2017 with a M.M. in Baroque Double bass.
Mr. Ferretti can be seen in Boston performing as a member of the Handel and Haydn Society, throughout New York as a member of the Saint Peter’s Collegium, a member of the Holy Trinity Vespers Orchestra, the Lake George Music Festival, and in the summer of 2018 will be joining the newly formed period instrument orchestra of Teatro Nuovo, an opera company in residence at SUNY Purchase that will be focusing on historically informed presentations of operas by Rossini and Mayr. He enjoys occasional performances on the Iberian Pennensula with the Basque National Orchestra as well as a freelance musician throughout Catalunya and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Ferretti is incredibly fortunate to be performing on either his (mostly) original 1766 Leidolff Viennese Violone, or his 1851 William Tarr Double bass.