Ferrero, Willy, American-born Italian conductor and composer; b. Portland, Maine, May 21, 1906; d. Rome, March 24, 1954. He appeared as a conductor at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome at 6, and then conducted with great success throughout Europe at 8. After studies at the Vienna Academy of Music (graduated, 1924), he resumed his career but never fulfilled his early promise. He wrote a symphonic poem, II mistero dell’ aurora, and some chamber music.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire