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, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In The New York Times his playing was praised as "impassioned ... the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone."
His recent career highlights include a Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra; concerto appearances with the Albany Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Pan-European Philharmonia in Greece, and as Artist-in-Residence with the New Haven Symphony; and a recital of American cello-piano works at New York's Lincoln Center. Mr. Canellakis's recent and upcoming engagements include solo debuts with the Lansing, Bangor, and Delaware symphony orchestras and The Orchestra Now; tours of Europe and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, including appearances in London's Wigmore Hall, the Louvre in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Shanghai and Taipei National Concert Halls; and recitals throughout the United States with his longtime duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown.
Mr. Canellakis is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and is a former member of CMS Two (now known as The Bowers Program). He is also a regular guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Bard, Bridgehampton, La Jolla, Hong Kong, Moab, Music in the Vineyards, and Saratoga Springs. Since 2018 he has served as Artistic Director of Arizona’s Chamber Music Sedona.
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. He has also been in residence at Carnegie Hall as a member of Ensemble Connect.
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 Canellakis.” His videos can be found at www.nicholascanellakis.com.
Nicholas Canellakis is represented worldwide by the New York-based firm Sciolino Artist Management.
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