Michael Ferris, originally from St. Joseph, Michigan, started working
in his father's music store at the age of 16 and started playing the
classical guitar at the age of 17. Having had many wonderful teachers,
not only with great talent but also great souls, he moved on to study at
the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum University for Music and
Applied Arts in Salzburg, Austria (*-Die Universität für Musik und
darstellende Kunst Mozarteum) where he completed his M.A. in
Guitar. Michael studied under well-known guitarists Maria Isabel
Siewers de Pazur, Joaquin Clerch, Augustin Wiedemann, Ricardo
Gallen, and the world-renowned player Eliot Fisk. Michael has also
had the opportunity to play for master classes held by leading
guitarists, such as David Russell, Alvaro Pierri, and David
Tannenbaum. In doing so, he has not only learned the instrument, but
lived out his dreams.

To finance his studies, he had not only taught private guitar lessons,
set up a teaching program at his father's music store, and given church
concerts, but also found another talent; languages. Having started as a
private English tutor in Austria, he moved up to teaching
language-orientated business programmes at internationally known
companies for accredited language institutes.

Michael is currently residing with his wife Katharina in Bari, located in
the south of Italy.
Michael Ferris