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Mike del Ferro

del Ferro - Vaganée Group


foto: David Legrève

Mike del Ferro (Amsterdam) is an internationally renowned pianist with a huge musical versatility that has resulted in concert experience in more than 95 countries, ranging from solo recitals to crossovers with traditional music from a huge variety of countries across the world.

Mike recently signed a contract for 10 CDs with Challenge Records International, a series of CDs called ‘The Journey’, based on his travels. The first CD (‘Songs inspired by wandering the Globe’, with his new trio, bassist Jeroen Vierdag and drummer Bruno Castellucci) came out in March 2012, the second CD came out in the spring of 2013 with Brazilian singer/guitarist Ceumar.

Mike del Ferro is the son of opera singer Leonardo del Ferro (1921-1992) who sung and recorded with, among others, Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein. Leonardo del Ferro also developed the famous anti-stutter therapy, the Del Ferro method. Mike started playing classical piano at the age of nine. He switched to jazz and world music when he was 17 and graduated with distinction at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1990. He also studied arrangement and composition with Bob Brookmeyer in Cologne.

In 1989 he won three major prizes: the first prize (a grand piano) at the National Light Music Piano Competition in Rotterdam and the soloist prize of the International Euro Jazz Contest in Brussels. He also won the soloist prize at an international jazz competition in the Czech Republic. In 2009 he received the Kiwani's Jazz Award. In the meantime, Mike del Ferro has cooperated with, among others, Toots Thielemans, Jack DeJohnette, Randy Brecker, Oscar Castro Neves, Deborah Brown, Erik Truffaz, Jorge Rossy, Scott Hamilton, Richard Galliano, Thijs van Leer (Focus), Harold Land, Jan Akkerman, Norma Winstone, Benny Bailey, Candy Dulfer, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Badi Assad, Frank Vaganée and many others. He played on dozens of CDs, varying from Dixieland to world music.

He has released many CDs under his own name, among others of the extremely successful ‘opera meets jazz’ programme. He also arranged cartoon music for world-famous cartoon maker and Oscar winner Børge Ring. Mike del Ferro currently mainly performs with his own trio, as well as giving solo concerts and master classes all over the world.