Nicholas Canellakis, cello.
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" and "soulful," with "the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone." He 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. A former member of CMS Two, he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society in Alice Tully Hall and on tour. A frequent soloist with orchestras throughout the country, he also performs numerous recitals each season with his duo partner, pianist/composer Michael Brown. He has been a guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Bad Kissingen, Verbier, Mecklenburg, Moab, Aspen, and Music in the Vineyards. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, and is currently 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.”