The actuality of “West Side Story”

… On May 3rd, on stage, Maestro Aurelio Canonici offered the audience, using music and with the help of a piano, an engaging reading of “West Side Story” … Thanks to this reading, performed by an artist , we discover new elements in widely known pieces and identify new interpretative cues: all exciting. Interviewed before the conference, Maestro Canonici spoke willingly about the layout of his lectures: “analyzing music, charm and its mystery, explaining how chords convey emotions” and underlined the concept of “mysterious” inherent in the music, of how “the soul can read in this, enter into its language, understand what is hidden in the compositional laboratory”.

Luisa Sisti, May 2019,

“Friendship concerts 2018″: magnificent performance by Maestro Aurelio Canonici

“THE FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS 2018″ gather resounding successes and Maestro Aurelio Canonici hypnotizes the audience with the “Music Conference” on Symphony No. 4, in F min. Op. 36 of Caikovskij.
Classical music becomes ‘handy’ even for ‘profane’ if there is an extraordinary man such as M° Aurelio Canonici. Talking about the life and works of Pëtr Ilic Caikovskij and leaving a whole audience speechless, is not for everyone!
M° Aurelio Canonici, Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music ‘Alfredo Casella’ of L’Aquila, July 3, 2018, at the Russian Center of Science and Culture, intriguing guests, illustrated the details of private life and the public image of one of the greatest Russian composers of the romantic music scene and classical ballet.
The musical conference had its focus on the genesis and history of Caikovskij’s masterpiece: Symphony No. 4, in fa min. Op. 36.
Some important passages of the symphony have been performed on the piano by Maestro Canonici, who, with elegance and pathos, has returned to the minds of the present frames of life, the ardor and pain that have imbued the ‘autobiographical’ draft of the work in a period of profound existential crisis of the author.
Remarkable is the ability of Canonici to expose the theme of ‘Fate’, reaffirmed with obstinacy and seen in a tragic and ineluctable way by Caikovskij, and remarkable the punctual introduction of every single musical instrument included in the work; the many explanations and the meticulous details have meant that, in the course of the evening, even less expert ears could touch the leitmotif of the Russian composer and clearly distinguish the oboe on the pizzicato of the strings and the cellos on the counterpoint of the woods. Being able to unravel the great complexity of a work so immense, and transform it into something usable for everyone, deserved an enthusiastic and thunderous general applause for Canonici.
The “Music Conference” has been able, in an innovative and completely unexpected way, to bring the public and lovers of classical music closer to the discovery and to a deeper reading of the masterpieces of the great Russian classical composers who, with their works, have always ability to touch the deepest chords of the human soul.
Immediately before the musical conference, welcomed with great admiration and followed by a long applause, a video was shown concerning the direction of M° Aurelio Canonici of the concert for the Jubilee, held in the Sala Nervi, in the Vatican, on 21 January 2016 from Orchestra and Choir of the “Alfredo Casella” Conservatory of Music in L’Aquila. On that occasion, Maestro Canonici received the compliments from the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Maestro Aurelio Canonici: his lecture about the creation of the Symphony n. 4 of Tchaikovsky

On 3 July 2018 Aurelio Canonici was a guest of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Rome. Conductor, composer, teacher in Conservatory, artistic director and lecturer, the multifaceted artist gave a musical lecture on the Symphony n. 4 in F minor, op. 36 of the great Russian composer P.I. Tchaikovsky. Maestro Canonici illustrated to the guests of the Center the genesis and history of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, performing some pieces on the piano. This type of conference represents an innovative way to bring the public and classical music lovers closer to the discovery and to a deeper reading of the masterpieces of the great classical composers, accompanying the part narrated with the audio, video and live performances.

Russian Center for Science and Culture in Rome, July 2018

Uno alla volta per carità

(Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia…) It is inevitable that in the bicentenary of the “first” of the Barbiere someone would want to reread the actuality. The orchestra conductor and composer Aurelio Canonici and the professor of literature Marcello Teodonio did so with a fine book in which the work of the Swan of Pesaro was sifted in all its possible artistic and spectacular components (… ) Also a specific guide that addresses both a text analysis and an understanding for listening with the contribution of numerous musical examples.

Antonio Brena, Amadeus, September 2017

Canonici – Between Earth and Heaven

It is worth considering this original CD, because it allows you to listen to the music of a contemporary composer (…) Aurelio Canonici is a musician known above all for his activity as conductor both in national and international fields but he is also author of books, (…) of many orchestral compositions and soundtracks for the TV (…) and of numerous compact discs (…) This recent instrumental work – that the performers exalt in his chromatic, oneiric and expressive scans – presents 17 landscapes (…) The composer’s poly-stylistic view reflects both classical memories of Bach and Stravinsky and other more modern trends such as jazz and rock.

Antonio Brena, Amadeus, July 2017

Great finale

… There have been many concerts during the Festival, but for me this was the best until now, with singers from the Far East, Korea and Japan. The performers have collaborated with the excellence of the Sinfonietta Cracovia and of the Polish Radio Choir. The whole program was conducted with great sensibility by the Italian Maestro Aurelio Canonici (…) Success has reached its peak with two bis (…) the audience, after these, did not want to let the artists go away from the stage.

Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz,, august 19, 2017

Orestiadi di Gibellina – “Visioni”

… But music materializes in every human being that becomes vibration, finding the sense of expectation, harmony, love, singing of the universe; and here comes the relationship with “Between Earth and Heaven” by Aurelio Canonici, sound geometries that lead into a magical world with its dreamlike visions.

Fondazione / visioni, July 2017

Between Earth and Heaven

“Between Earth and Heaven” is the latest album by Aurelio Canonici, a world-famous orchestra conductor and composer. Featuring outstanding musicians like Paola Biondi and Debora Brunialti at the pianos, the Mascoulisse Quartet at trombones, and Maurizio Ben Omar at percussions, Between Earth and Heaven is a musical journey that takes the listener to a world that borders between sleep and wakefulness, in a dreamlike experience that skilfully blends together minimalism and a soundtrack style, with hints of jazz and educated contemporary music. Canonici has composed seven music frescos – stepping into this magic world painted by him is like following Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the looking-glass, along a path surrounded by charming sounds and spells that really let us catch a glimpse of that thin line of shadow that connects the Earth to Heaven. The first track, Possa io Essere, introduces us to the entire album. It is one of the most structured tracks and the longest one: its 8 and a half minutes are meant to make us detach from and leave behind our day-to-day world, to be captured by a dreamy, melancholic mood. Masterfully outlined by the relentless intertwining of Biondi’s and Brunialti’s pianos, Possa io Essere awakens in the listener a sense of expectancy, thanks to the impalpable unsettling atmosphere that pervades it, just like when we linger in that blurry space between sleep and wakefulness. The first track of the suite is followed by Volo di Farfalle and My Wind, two short but intense tracks that lead the listener to the very core of the album – the long, complex Empedocle, l’Amore e lo Sfero and the energetic Golden Prayer. In the latter, the skilful phrasings by Biondi and Brunialti are accompanied by the imposing sounds of the Mascoulisse Quartet’s winds, which contribute to taking us to our “deepest and darkest cave”, at the heart of the music history Canonici has written in Between Earth and Heaven. The two final tracks gradually take us back to our ordinary world: the irreverent Inno Marziale and the soft, warm, and joyful Girasole let us slowly climb out of our deep dream, leading us back to our daily life and leaving us with the impression we have really taken a long journey far away, where the earth and the sky meet to form the visible and yet always unreachable line of the horizon.

Analogy Records, January 2017

Masterful conclusion of the Opera Festival

The evening of Sunday, September 28, 2014 marked the end of the thirteenth edition of the Opera Festival in Sibiu with the awards ceremony and the gala concert of the winners of the singing competition “Vox Artis”. The awards gala, which focused on some of the most famous Arias and Overtures, created a special atmosphere, thanks to the high level of the performances of the soloists and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu – skillfully led by Italian conductor Aurelio Canonici and also thanks to the enthusiasm of the audience in the Hall (…) 40 competitors from 14 countries and 4 continents (Europe, America, Asia and Australia), found themselves facing an international jury chaired by the Italian tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini (…)

Roxana Pepelea, Agerpress, 30 September 2014

CD “Landscapes”

… This cd of real sound “landscapes” performed in a chamber, symphonic, atmospheric, baroque, folk way (…) has touched the very deepest part of me and flung a window open on a truly interesting, sensitive and enchanting original world of sound which lives on its own in an amazing and poetic way. The 28 pieces of this excellent work are precisely the “landscapes” of self, of that unknown that can even frighten us but in fact it reveals new worlds of joy, breeziness, love, passion, freedom, playing, and feeling that spring from grace. The five composers – all talented with a recognizable style after some listenings – supported by the Academy of Strings “Arrigoni” and by the Academy of Soloists “Secolo XXI” make us travel with our eyes closed in a musical universe where strings, brass, piano and woodwinds are predominant and broadened into a scenario of sounds defined as “poetry of musical notes”. This is an opportunity to discover new talents whose music evokes images …

Massimo Privitera,, 27 November 2013