Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti was a classical guitarist and composer. He was born in Bologna. He began on violin, but switched to guitar at 16. He moved to Paris in 1820 and later to Saint Petersburg before settling in Belgium. He later toured in France, England, Italy, and the United States. Although praised byHector Berlioz in 1859, as well as by Rossini and Paganini, Zani de Ferranti found the 1850s to be a period of decline and financial difficulty. He died in Pisa. One of his sons moved to England and was the father of Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti.