Biography

Biography

“La Gioia della Musica”, a Rai3 national television broadcast of 20 episodes which reached its third edition in 2024, has achieved public success beyond all expectations, achieving an average of almost one million viewers every evening. As in previous years, alongside the famous journalist Corrado Augias, Aurelio Canonici illustrated – also with examples played on the piano and conducting the RAI National Symphony Orchestra – symphonic and lyrical masterpieces from Rossini’s Barber of Seville to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, from Strauss’ Don Juan to Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Italian Conductor, Composer and Music Communicator. Aurelio Canonici 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: Sofia Philharmonic, Seoul Orchestra, Kiev National Presidential Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Warsaw Chamber Opera, Cxid Opera, Orchestra Nazionale dei Conservatori Italiani (ONCI), Budapest Concert Orchestra (MAV), Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, Arpeggione Kammerorchester. He has recently had a successful debut in the Sala Sinfonica of the Auditorio National de Musica in Madrid.


In 2016 Continuo Records released “Between Earth and Heaven”, a CD devoted entirely to the music of Aurelio Canonici performed by a cast of prestigious Italian performers. In 2021 the CD Flowers was released, published by Flipper Music, in 2022 Piano Preludes (Aulicus Classics), and in 2023 True Love (Vol. 1 and 2).

Aurelio Canonici has been Artistic Director of the “Richard Wagner” Symphonic Section of the Ravello Festival. Here he has performed in many editions. In particular, in 2003 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: in 2004 and 2005 (with the Krakow Opera Orchestra), in 2006 (with the Verdi Philharmonic of Salerno), in 2007 and 2008 (with Orchestra Nuova Scarlatti of Naples) and in 2009 and 2010 (with Savaria Symphony Orchestra).

He studied Piano and Composition, received a degree in Philosophy, after which he specialised in Orchestral Conducting at the renowned Vienna Academy (Hochschule für Musik). 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.

Aurelio has worked with prestigious soloists such as Giovanni Angeleri, Giovanni Bertolazzi, Gilda Buttà, Michele Campanella, Luca Canonici, Massimiliano Damerini, Duo pianistico Paola Biondi – Debora Brunialti, Filippo Gamba, Giuseppe Gibboni, Francesco Libetta, Eugenij Nesterenko, Ettore Pagano, Francesca Patanè, Paolo Restani, Samuele Telari, Anna Tifu, Guy Touvron, Edoardo Zosi.


Some of his musical compositions were recorded on the CDs Open Dialogues for Emotional Melodies, Orchestral Movements and Amore nascente (Edizioni musicali “Rai Trade”). In 2012 the CD entitled Al sorgere del Sole was released: contemporary sacred music orchestrated by Aurelio Canonici conducting the Budapest Mav Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009 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 analyses the music of the Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, and “Ode al Reno” (Zecchini Editore, Varese, 2024, written with Adele Boghetich and Marco Mazzoleni).


He regularly gives lectures on classical music for Institutions and Companies such as: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Associazione Richard Wagner (Venezia), Centro Russo di Scienza e Cultura (Roma), Feltrinelli (Roma, Milano, Torino, Napoli), Ferrara Musica, Fondazione Marco Besso (Roma), IBM, La Repubblica delle Idee (Bologna), Museo Macro (Roma), Price Waterhouse, Ravenna Festival, Ravello Festival, Salone del Mobile (Milano), Teatro Argentina (Roma), Teatro Cucinelli, Teatro Eliseo (Roma), Teatro Salieri (Legnago), Teatro Vittoria (Roma), Telecom Italia, Università di Genova, Università di Kharkiv, Università La Sapienza (Roma), Università di Salerno, Verona Festival.
Alongside his concert work, Aurelio Canonici teaches, holding the chair of Orchestral Conducting and Orchestral Training at the Conservatory “Niccolò Paganini” of Genoa.

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Conferences

Gershwin – Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Gershwin – Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Rome, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia: Sala Sinopoli, almost 1200 people warmly applauding the lesson/concert in which the famous journalist Corrado Augias and Maestro Aurelio Canonici (at the piano) talk about the genius and music of the great George Gershwin,...

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Ode al Reno (Ode to the Rhine)

Ode al Reno (Ode to the Rhine)

March 2024: published by "Zecchini Editore", written by Adele Boghetich, Aurelio Canonici and Marco Mazzoleni, the book "Ode al Reno" (Ode to the Rhine) is published: an imaginary journey on the majestic German river recounting great masterpieces dedicated to it and...

Podcast La Repubblica: The Geniuses of Music

Podcast La Repubblica: The Geniuses of Music

October 2023: a cycle of 20 episodes dedicated to musical geniuses begins. Corrado Augias and Aurelio Canonici, through stories, explanations, piano and orchestral performances, offer listeners lyrical and symphonic masterpieces by five great composers: Mozart,...

School of the “Fatto Quotidiano”

School of the “Fatto Quotidiano”

July 2023: two courses have already been completed at the Scuola del Fatto Quotidiano, an online campus, created with the aim of building together new tools for reading the country, forming aware citizens and cultivating democracy through knowledge and critical...

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