Composer and violinist and composer Giovanni Battista Noferi was born around 1730 in Italy (further details are lacking). He was in London by 1757 where he spent most of his working life. That year his Otto sonate per violino e basso op. 1 was published in the capital. Three years later he was living in Cambridge, publishing Sei sonate per violino e basso op. 2 dedicated to the violinist Felice Giardini
He also played in Durham and Norwich. By 1762 he had returned to London, leading a charitable benefit. He joined the Royal Society of Musicians in May 1763. In February 1770 he performed in a benefit concert at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, in which the famous castrato Fernando Tenducci also appeared. He died in London in February 1782.