Photo: Hans-Dieter Brand

Peter Ferretti


Always in search of the perfect tuning for the perfect occasion, Berlin-based American historical bassist Peter Ferretti enjoys a varied career that spans multiple continents. Since 2019, Ferretti has worked regularly with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations, appearing on the orchestra's acclaimed recordings of the symphonies of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. Ferretti is also a regular guest of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, with whom he has also toured and recorded extensively. Elsewhere in Germany, Ferretti can be heard performing as principal bass of Eroica Berlin, with VERITÁ Baroque, and as principal bass of Concerto Köln, leading the ensemble’s bass group in performances of classical and romantic-era repertoire.

In North America, Ferretti regularly performs with the Handel + Haydn Society, has appeared with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and, since 2019, has served as principal bass and orchestra manager of New York's Teatro Nuovo, a historically informed opera company focused on bringing nineteenth-century performance practice techniques to the Italian bel canto opera literature.

Ferretti holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory, where he studied with Don Palma, an M.M. in historical bass from The Juilliard School, where he studied the various historical bass instruments with Rob Nairn and G-violone with Heather Miller Lardin, and an M.A. in International Relations from Utrecht University, where he graduated cum laude.