Nicholas Canellakis


Nicholas Canellakis Photo credit: Sophie Zhai

"Superb young soloist...." -The New Yorker

Hailed by the New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation. In the New York Times his playing was praised as "impassioned... [with] the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone.” He recently made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. Other recent and upcoming highlights include concerto appearances with the Albany, New Haven, and Greenwich symphonies, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Pan-European Philharmonia in Greece. He will also embark on a US recital tour of American cello-piano works, including a recital in New York City presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour throughout the world. He presents numerous recitals each season with his duo collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown, and is a regular guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Bard, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Hong Kong, Moab, Music in the Vineyards, and Saratoga Springs. A former member of CMS Two, Mr. Canellakis is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, and is on faculty at 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.