Marco Ferri trained musically at the conservatories of Parma and Modena, where he obtained degrees in classical saxophone (with M° Massimo Ferraguti) and clarinet (with M° Corrado Giuffredi). Appreciated for his dual nature as a classical and jazz musician, he has received important recognition, including First Prize at international competitions such as the Massimo Urbani Prize 2009, the Vittoria Jazz Awards 2011, and Incroci Sonori 2007.
Marco Ferri boasts prestigious artistic collaborations, both live and in recording studios, with artists such as Benny Golson, Shawn Monteiro, Steve Gut, Gregory Hutchinson, Rick Margitza, Joe Magnarelli, Flavio Boltro, Fabrizio Bosso, Renato Sellani, Tullio de Piscopo, Giovanni Amato, Jerry Bergonzi, Ola Onabule, Gegè Munari, Paolo Fresu, and many others.
Since December 2016, he has been a member of the Francesco Cafiso nonet, with which he has performed at important festivals such as Umbria Jazz and Vittoria Jazz Festival and recorded the album "We Play For Tips".
Since 2014, he has been the artistic director of the JAZZ IN' IT festival in Vignola and the conductor and arranger of the Jazz In It Orchestra, the festival's resident big band that hosts international soloists every year.
In the classical music, Marco Ferri regularly performs, both as a clarinetist and saxophonist, with various symphony orchestras, including the Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana , Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
In 2015, he performed the Bob Mintzer saxophone concerto as a soloist with the Parma Sinfonica Toscanini Orchestra. He has also collaborated with Teatro comunale di Modena for several years, participating in numerous original contemporary music productions.
Since 2007, he has been a member of Quartetto Saxofollia, one of the most awarded chamber music group in the Italian scene: this ensemble has recorded 6 albums and performs an important concert activity in Italy and abroad, often hosting international musicians such as Eugene Rousseau, Mario Marzi, Federico Mondelci, Fabrizio Bosso, Stjepko Gut and many others during its performances.
Marco Ferri received his second-level biennial in musical instrument teaching at the Vecchi-Tonelli Institute of Higher Music Studies in Modena.
Marco Ferri is also a graduate in Physics from the University of Modena and has developed in-depth skills in the acoustics of environments and techniques for recording jazz and classical music.
Marco Ferri teaches saxophone and chamber music at Liceo Musicale Lucio Dalla in Bologna.