Tonelli was born in 1971. He graduated with degrees in double bass (2007), jazz composition (2011), arranging and conducting for large jazz ensemble (2013) and electronic music ( 2017) from the conservatory “G. Rossini”, Pesaro (Italy).
As a double bass player and arranger, he has recorded with the Vittorio Gennari Quartet, 4 CDs (The Sound, Melodies, Italian Songs, Blues) for the Italian label “Red Records”.
In 2013, he recorded his first work as a leader: Altrove (Unit Records, Switzerland). Altrove was selected by Rai Radio 3 as “CD of the week” and broadcast by several European radio stations.
Tonelli holds a laurea in electronic engineering (Università politecnica delle Marche), an MSc in digital signal processing (Queen Mary University of London), an MPhil in digital signal processing (Edinburgh University) and a specialization in acoustics (Università di Ferrara). He is currently teaching “acoustics” and “music technology” related subjects at “D. Cimarosa” Avellino, “C. Pollini” Padova and “G. Frescobaldi” Ferrara conservatories.