John Ferrari enjoys a multi-faceted career as a versatile classical and hand percussionist, drummer, conductor, and educator in the New York area. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble and is drummer/percussionist for Meridian Arts Ensemble-Brass & Percussion. Frequent recipients of the ASCAP/CMA Award for Adventurous Programming, both groups have collectively released ten critically acclaimed recordings. Between these groups and others he has toured extensively as both performer and clinician in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Ferrari is a frequent guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest, and has performed and recorded with most notable chamber-music organizations around New York, including: Bang On A Can All-Stars, Columbia Symphonietta, Cygnus, Da Capo Chamber Players, Empire Brass, Gotham Simphonietta, The Group for Contemporary Music, Locrian, New Band, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, New Music Consort, Orion and Peterson String Quartets, Parabola with composers Carter Burwell and Stephen Endelman, Patrick Grant Group, Perspectives Ensemble, Riverside Symphony, SEM, Sequitur, Solisti New York, and Talujon Percussion Quartet.
Musically active in chamber, orchestral, pop, jazz, Broadway, dance, film and television, he can be heard on the Albany, CRI, Centaur CGNJ, Channel Classics, Koch International, New World, Santa Fe New Music and Strange Music record labels. Mr. Ferrari holds DMA and MM degrees from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BM from William Paterson University in New Jersey where he has been on the performing arts faculty since 2002.