Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti

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Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti (23 December 1801 – November 1878) was an Italian classical guitarist and composer.


Zani de Ferranti was born in Bologna. He began on the violin, but switched to guitar at age 16. In 1820, he moved to Paris and later to Saint Petersburg, before settling in Belgium. He later toured in France, England, Italy, and the United States. Although praised by Hector Berlioz in 1859, as well as by Rossini and Paganini,[1] Zani de Ferranti found the 1850s to be a period of decline and financial difficulty.[2] He died in Pisa. His son, Giulio Cesare Ziani de Ferranti, moved from Belgium to Liverpool, where he became a portrait photographer, setting up a studio with father-in-law, the portrait artist William Scott. His son, the inventor Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, established the electronic engineering firm Ferranti in the family name.


  1. ^ Ferranti, Richard de: "The King's Guitarist: M.A. Zani de Ferranti", in: The Bulletin, 2 August 2007; p. 21.
  2. ^ A Concise History of the Classic Guitar By Graham Wade pgs 86–87

External links[edit]


  • The King's guitarist: The life and times of Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti by Marcus G.S. Van de Cruys (ISBN 9090202129, ISBN 978-90-902021-2-9)
  • Zani de Ferranti – a biography by Simon Wynberg (Chanterelle, ECH914)

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