Corrado Canonici has been awarded the 1993, 1997 and 1999 New
York INMC Award, the Darmstadt Prize and the "Xenakis"
Prize for Interpretation, Paris 1992.
He studied double bass - with Bruno Tommaso - and composition
at the Conservatoire "G. Rossini" in Pesaro (Italy) and
has attended master classes for double bass held by Franco Petracchi, Luigi Milani and Gary Karr, and seminars of
composition held by Hans Werner Henze and Brian
After several years of orchestral work, Corrado Canonici
moved to a full solo career: in this vest he has given concerts in France, Italy,
Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Germany,
Switzerland, Sweden, Holland and the USA.
In the States he also held master classes at, amongst others:
New York University (1996 Performer-in-Residence), Harvard
University, Boston University, Arnold Schönberg Institute
(University of Southern California) and the Manhattan School of
He recorded two compact-discs for the Capstone Label (New York), one of them featuring the world première recording of a double bass work by Luciano Berio.
crossover CD is also available, recorded as a duo with the former Charles Mingus'
trumpeter/arranger, Jack Walrath.
as well in the CD "Brizzi do Brasil", a best-seller
album featuring Brazilian music sung by Latin pop superstars such as Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso amongst others.
Corrado's most recent
solo CD is "A Roaring Flame", the first bass recording entirely dedicated to British composers ever released in the UK - "showcase of Corrado Canonici’s startling virtuosity" (The Guardian).
On October 4, 1997, Canonici played the world première of
the double bass version of "In Freundschaft" by
Karlheinz Stockhausen. The concert was reviewed by The Strad:
"This remarkable bass virtuoso showed himself to be a
master of modern bass technique. (...) Canonici played it from
memory and gave a riveting performance". The Wire: "Phenomenal bass player".
The Sunday Times: "Striking for the subtlety of
interpretation". The Double Bassist and The Strad magazines
have dedicated a few articles to Canonici's career.
His solo repertoire features more than 100 works, including
amongst others: Ferneyhough, Dillon, Donatoni, Xenakis, Cage,
Scelsi, Rota, Piazzolla, Dvorak, Paganini.
has played with leading UK ensembles: Lontano, Expose, Apartment House, Almeida, Endymion, Music Project/London,
Matrix amongst others.
Nowadays the double-bass has taken a back seat, being Corrado mainly involved
'backstage': the director of
Concert Artists, an international booking agency representing
artists & shows from a wide musical range; the executive
producer of the late Sir Christopher Lee's Symphonic metal CD
"Charlemagne"; independent music publisher with
Publishing; and above all international exhibitions producer with
dual citizen Italian/British, was born in Italy and is currently living in London.