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 Leon Kirchner’s Music for Cello and Orchestra 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. He is also a regular guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Saratoga, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Mecklenburg, Moab, and Music in the Vineyards.
Recent and upcoming season highlights include concerto appearances with the Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic, trio performances at New York's Merkin Hall and the Vancouver Recital Series, and a New York City recital of American cello works presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2017. Mr. Canellakis performs numerous recitals each season with his regular collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown and maintains a busy touring schedule as a member of the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio.
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 Canellakis.” All of his videos can be found on his website at www.nicholascanellakis.com.