Corrado Canonici studied double bass with Bruno Tommano at the Conservatory “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, Italy, and attended master classes for double bass held by Franco Petracchi, Luigi Milani and Gary Karr . He has been awarded the 1993, 1997 and 1999 New York INMC Award, the Darmstadt Prize and the Xenakis Prize for Interpretation in 1992. He has given concerts around Europe and the USA, and has held masterclasses at, among others, New York University, Harvard University, Boston University, Arnold Schoenberg Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music.
His solo repertoire features more than 100 works, including pieces by Ferneyhough, Dillon, Donatoni, Xenakis, Cage and Scelsi, and he gave the world premiere in October 1997 of the double bass version of In Freundschaft by Stockhausen.