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."
Mr. Canellakis 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 U.S. recital tour of American cello-piano works, culminating in a performance in New York City presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Mr. Canellakis is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tours throughout the world, and was a former winner of the CMS Two international auditions. Mr. Canellakis 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, Bridgehampton, La Jolla, Hong Kong, Moab, Music in the Vineyards, and Saratoga Springs.
Mr. Canellakis 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. 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 Canellakis.” All of his videos can be found on his website at nicholascanellakis.com.