THIS CONFERENCE IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
Fabrizio Pellizzaro Ferreri
Fabrizio Pellizzaro Ferreri was born on July 10th, 1966, in Turin, an ancient city which was the first capital of Italy, and which became then the main industrial centre for car production. When he was ten years old, Fabrizio started his piano lectures, cultivating an inclination he had since when he was very young and this study will persuade him later on, to leave the scientific school in order to get a deeper knowledge of music.
In September 1989, Fabrizio entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA), and after three years earned his B.M. Degree in Jazz Composition. He then returned shortly to Turin, before leaving for Edinburgh, Scotland, where he resided for the next six years.
In November 1996 while still residing in Edinburgh, Fabrizio suffered an arterial rupture; his life saved by emergency cardiac surgery at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary. Shortly thereafter, Fabrizio was diagnosed with the rare disease referred to as Marfan’s Syndrome. Medical experts also informed Fabrizio at this time that his life expectancy was extremely short. Despite this fact, his strong spirit and character together with his love of life facilitated his recovery after a long period of physical suffereing.
In September 1997 Fabrizio accompanied Lawrence Shuster, his friend and fellow Berklee student, to Beijing, China where they served as guest instructors at the Contemporary Music Institute, China’s first private music conservatory. In 1999 Fabrizio moved to London, England where he earned his Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology at the City University of London. His Master’s dissertation entitled “Concepts of Musical Time in Balinese Gamelan and Culture” earned the best dissertation prize in 2001.
In 2002 Fabrizio accepted a position as instructor in the Jazz Department at a private conservatory in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. In 2002 Fabrizio accepted a permanent position at the Contemporary Music Institute in Beijing, China where he remained until his death on June 4th, 2005.His ashes, according to his will, were spread in the sea.
Fabrizio was like a big tree with deep roots in his native city of Torino, where he frequently returned to meet his family and his friends, and also very long branches extending far away in his explorations of different cultures and musical traditions.
His passion for music and travel were the most important factors in the development of his strong and courageous spirit which has made such a lasting impression in his friend’s and student’s memory as well as others who paths intersected with him.
Eugenia Ferreri (Torino, Italy)