Hailed by the The New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In The New York Times his playing was praised as “impassioned” and “soulful,” with “the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis’s rich, alluring tone.”
Mr. Canellakis recently made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. Mr. Canellakis is an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Hong Kong, Music in the Vineyards, Moab, and Saratoga Springs. Mr. Canellakis also performs numerous recitals each season with his regular collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown.
Recent and upcoming season highlights include concerto appearances with the Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic, and a recital tour of American cello/piano works, culminating in a performance in New York City presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
A winner of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two international auditions, Mr. Canellakis was also selected to be in residence at Carnegie Hall as a member of Ensemble ACJW, in which he performed in Weill and Zankel Halls and worked to enhance music education throughout New York City. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, where his teachers included Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley, and Paul Katz. Mr. Canellakis is on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
Filmmaking and acting are special interests of Mr. Canellakis. He has produced, directed, and starred in several short films and music videos, including his popular comedy web series “Conversations with Nick.”