Italian Conductor and Composer, Aurelio Canonici studied Piano and Composition (Genoa “Paganini” Conservatory), received a degree in Philosophy (University of Genoa), after which he specialized in Orchestral Conducting at the renowned Vienna Academy (Hochschule für Musik). He recently conducted Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Vatican (Sala Nervi) receiving the compliments of the Holy Father Pope Francis. Over the last few Seasons he has conducted the following orchestras: Seoul Orchestra, Kiev National Presidential Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Solisti Aquilani, Orchestra Nazionale dei Conservatori Italiani (Onci), Budapest Concert Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Cxid Opera, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Arpeggione Kammerorchester, and in the Sala Sinfonica of the Auditorio National de Musica in Madrid.
In July 2016, Continuo Records released “Between Earth and Heaven”, a CD devoted entirely to the music of Aurelio Canonici performed by a cast of prestigious performers.
Aurelio Canonici has been Artistic Director of the “Richard Wagner” Symphonic Section of the Ravello Festival, where he has performed in many editions. Here he had the honour of conducting the first Symphonic Dawn Concert, a concert which, due to its growing success, he was subsequently invited to repeat for 8 consecutive years, with the Krakow Opera Orchestra, with the Verdi Philharmonic of Salerno, with Orchestra Nuova Scarlatti of Naples and with Savaria Symphony Orchestra.
Within a few years he has conducted the Virtuosi di Santa Cecilia, the Pomeriggi Musicali Orchestra, the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia, the Moldavian Radio-Television Orchestra (in Carlo Felice Opera House), the Symphony Radio Bucharest, the National Opera of Warsaw (La Traviata), the Krakow, Katowice and Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestras and at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw. He recorded in Warsaw a CD (music by Bellini, Leoncavallo, Tosti, Bixio) with the tenor Ryszard Karczykowski and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was also guest Conductor at the Krakow Opera (Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Bohème). His new production of Rigoletto has been described by all the national press as one of the best musical performances in recent years.
He has also conducted concerts with a fusion of Classical and Jazz music (Miles in the Sky, for the 15th anniversary of the death of Miles Davis) and Classical and Rock (Concerto Grosso per i New Trolls, performed with Yaso Orchestra, now available on CD and DVD by BMA label).
Aurelio has worked with prestigious soloists such as Michele Campanella, Massimiliano Damerini, Paolo Restani, Gilda Buttà, Filippo Gamba, Francesco Libetta, piano duo Paola Biondi – Debora Brunialti, Guy Touvron, Giovanni Angeleri, Edoardo Zosi, Anna Tifu, Paul Potts, Luca Canonici, Francesca Patanè, Eugenij Nesterenko.
Some of his musical compositions were recorded on the CDs Open Dialogues for Emotional Melodies, Orchestral Movements and Amore nascente, all of them for “Edizioni Musicali Rai Trade”. Aurelio Canonici has composed for Italian television channel Rai 1 the soundtrack for the documentary “La Valigia con lo Spago” (“The Roped Suitcase”), “Musulmani Europei” (“European Muslims”) and, in 2015, for the Film “Spaghetti Western in the Water” (broadcasted by Rai 2). In 2012 the CD entitled Al sorgere del Sole was released: this is a CD of contemporary sacred music written by Alessandro Benassai and Tommaso Palamidessi, orchestrated by Aurelio Canonici conducting the Budapest Mav Symphony Orchestra.
Le Cáriti Editore (Florence) published Aurelio Canonici’s Book “Musica e Sofia – Problematiche filosofiche nell’opera di Richard Wagner” (Music and Sophia – Philosophical Issues in Richard Wagner’s opera). Recent is the publication of “Uno alla volta per carità” (Castelvecchi Editore, Rome, 2016), a book in which Aurelio Canonici analyzes the music of the Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini.
Aurelio Canonici regularly gives lectures on classical music for Institutions and Companies such as: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), La Sapienza University (Rome), Teatro Vittoria (Rome), Teatro Eliseo (Rome), Teatro Argentina (Rome), Museo Macro (Rome), Teatro Salieri (Legnago), Ravello Festival, IBM (Milan, Rome), Telecom Italia, Associazione Richard Wagner (Venice), Russian center of science and culture (Rome), Salone del Mobile (Milan), Feltrinelli Bookstores (Rome, Turin, Milan, Naples), Fondazione “Marco Besso” (Rome), Price Waterhouse, the University of Salerno, Karazin Kharkiv National University.
Alongside his concert work, Aurelio Canonici teaches, holding the chair of Orchestral Practice at the Conservatory “Alfredo Casella” of L’Aquila.