Pianist Carol Ferri has enjoyed a distinguished reputation as a solo performer, chamber musician, and as orchestral soloist. Her recitals have encompassed a wide diversity of repertoire, ranging from the classical to the contemporary. She has garnered particular praise for her unique interpretations of the music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and was lauded as a “Gottschalk Specialist” and “a pianist of total confidence and uninhibited high spirits.” by the New York Times. At her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, she was praised for her “virtuoso performance.” She has since performed to further critical acclaim throughout the United States, England and Italy.
Carol Ferri graduated cum laude from the Philadelphia University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree. There she was the recipient of the coveted D.H. Ezerman Piano Scholarship. She continued her graduate studies on a scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music. Her principal teachers were Edward Steuermann, Mme. Genia Robinor, and Eugene List.
Ms. Ferri was first introduced to the music of Gottschalk by her teacher Eugene List, the leading researcher and exponent of Gottschalk’s music. She presented a very successful Gottschalk lecture-recital at the International Piano Workshops at Exeter University, England. That success spawned a renewed public interest in the Gottschalk repertoire, and led to numerous engagements to present similar lecture-performances here in the United States. Her recent compact disc “Carol Ferri Plays Gottschalk” attracted the attention of Delta Omicron International, who invited her to perform at their 2003 Triennial Conference at Louisville, Kentucky.
For 15 years Ms. Ferri was an adjunct professor of music at Kean University, NJ, where she frequently lectured and appeared in solo and chamber music recitals. She has presented seminars and recitals at all of the major New Jersey colleges, including Seton Hall University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Drew University, as well as Shenandoah University (VA), Peru State University (NE), and Nassau Community College (NY). Her master classes and recitals have also been popular with music organizations throughout the United States, including New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nebraska, and Florida.
A staunch promoter of local cultural life, Ms. Ferri founded and directed the Kawai Artists in Concert in Maplewood, New Jersey, and more recently organized and co-directed the Holiday Concerts of the Denville Historical Society in Denville, NJ. She continues to reach out to the general community through her programs at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She was recently profiled in the Morris Daily Record article, “Carol Ferri is Denville Musical Treasure.”
On the heels of her recent solo recital at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, Ms. Ferri completed a tour of the East coast with her signature “Gottschalk Showcase.” As co-director, she continues to actively serve the Piano Teachers Society of America in various capacities, including recital chairman, adjudicator, and consultant. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Andrew George De Grado Foundation, Inc. Ms. Ferri maintains private studios in Livingston, Denville, and Succasunna, New Jersey.