Nuno Ferreira was born in Barreiro, Portugal, in 1975.
He studied piano and guitar from age 8 to 15, and in 1991 he began his Jazz education at the Hot Club of Portugal (HCP) Jazz School where he studied with Mark Holen, André Sousa Machado, Pedro Moreira, Mário Delgado, Pedro Madaleno, João Moreira, and many others. He finished the HCP course in December 1994.
In that same year he represented the HCP Jazz school in the International Association of Schools of Jazz meeting, that took place in New York, where he attended masterclasses, workshops and participated in concerts with musicians from all over the world, among them Dave Liebman, Jamie Hadad, Ronan Guilfoyle, Abe Rabade e Shahar Aziza. Later in the same year he attended a three week Summer camp at Manhattan School of Music, where he took classes from Chris Rosenberg, Dave Lalama and Jack Wilkins, among others.
He studied classical guitar and solfège and theory at Academia de Amadores de Música between 1992 and 1994 an, during the same period, took private lessons from flamenco guitarist Pedro Jóia.
Between 1995 and 1998 he attended several Workshops and seminars in Portugal and Spain where he had took lessons from Chris Cheek, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Perico Sambeat, José Luiz Gaméz, Armen Donelian, Phil Markowitz, Henry Martin, and others.
In 1998 he got a scholarship from The New School for Social Research/Mannes College of Music in New York to attend their Jazz Performance program. Duringante his stay in New York he studied guitar with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Cardenas, Peter Bernstein and Vic Juris. He also has as teachers: Reggie Workman, Phil Markowitz, George Garzonne, Armen Donelian, Cecil Bridgewater, Pete Zak and Doug Weiss.
He graduated in the Spring of 2000.