Composer and singing teacher Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari was born on 2 April 1763 in Rovereto Tirol, the son of a silk merchant. He studied harpsichord and voice in Verona and Naples. In 1787 he became a court musician at the Tuileries in Paris, and was active as voice teacher to the nobility, and maestro al cembalo at the Théâtre de Monsieur (later: Théâtre Feydeau).
He settled in London in 1792 and pursued his career as a composer and voice teacher; among his students was the Prince of Wales. He initially stayed with Carlo Pozzi, a harpsichordist, singer, and minor composer living at Great Pulteney Street, Soho. As a composer Ferrari produced operas (four of his operas premiered at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket), ballets, as well as both accompanied and unaccompanied sonatas for piano.
As writer he also left treatises on Italian singing and on practical and theoretical music. Breve tratto di canto italiano appeared in 1818 and was translated as Concise Treatise on Italian Singing; his Studio di musica teorica pratica was published in London in 1830. His autobiography appeared that same year entitled Anedotti piacevoli e interessanti occorsi nella vita Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari da Rovereto. He died in December 1842 in London.