Victoire Ferrari

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Victoire Henry known in later life as Madame Ferrari (24 June 1785 – after 1823) was a French pianist as a young woman and later a famed singing teacher. She was born in Paris and possibly died in Brighton.[1][2] Her husband was Giacomo Ferrari a minor composer, whose piano concertos Victoire often performed along with those of Joseph Wolfl, Daniel Steibelt, and her own teacher Johann Baptist Cramer.[3]

She was daughter of the dancing master Monsieur Henri [Luigi?].[4][5] She studied from the age of seven under "Kreusser" (either Peter Anton Kreusser or George Anton Kreusser), later under Cramer.

She married Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari in London in 1804, and the couple had a son Adolfo Angelico Ferrari (1807-1870) who became a singer, but later the couple separated with Ferrari in Edinburgh and Madame Ferrari in Brighton.


  1. ^ A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians Volume 5 - Page 231 Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans - 1978 "Ferrari, Signora Giacomo Gotifredo, Victoire, née Henry b. 1785, pianist. Victoire Ferrari, the daughter of the ... in Edinburgh and she had by then "resided for many years at Brighton," where she was teaching "with great success."
  2. ^ A Dictionary of Musical Information Page 39 John Weeks Moore - 1971 "FERRARI, MADAME VICTOIRE, was born in 1785."
  3. ^ Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni. Volume 1, Issue 2 2003 "Victoire Henry Ferrari (b. 1785) occasionally performed a concerto by her husband, Giacomo Ferrari, in addition to performances of those by favourites of the period Wolfl, Steibelt and her teacher, Cramer. She must have exhibited an ..."
  4. ^ A Biographical Dictionary of Actors Volume 7, Habgood to Houbert Page 274 Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A Burnim, Edward A. Langhans - 1982 "The dancer Henry had a daughter, Victoire, born 24 June 1785, who was a piano virtuoso and married the composer Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari. Henry, Victoire. See Ferrari, Signora G1acomo.
  5. ^ A dictionary of musicians: from the earliest ages to the present Page 244 John S. Sainsbury, Alexandre Choron - 1827 FERRARI, (Madame Victoire) wife of the preceding, and daughter of Monsieur Henri, a celebrated dancing-master, was born in 1785. From the age of seven years, she studied music under Kreusser, and acquired such proficiency on the piano, ...