Nicholas Canellakis has established himself as one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation, performing throughout the United States and Europe to critical acclaim. In The New York Times his playing was praised as "impassioned" and "soulful," with "the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis rich, alluring tone."

Mr. Canellakis is currently an artist of the esteemed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, having been a member of the society's coveted CMS Two program from 2009 to 2012.  He is a frequent guest artist at Bargemusic in New York City, and has performed in some of the country's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, the Kimmel Center, and Disney Hall. He has participated in the festivals of Santa Fe, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Mecklenburg, Moab, Bridgehampton, Sarasota, Verbier, Aspen, and Music from Angel Fire. 

Mr. Canellakis' 2012-2013 season includes the New York premiere of Mohammad Fairouz's Cello Concerto at Merkin Hall, several tours throughout the US and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a tour of Israel as both concerto soloist and chamber musician, duo recitals with his regular collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown, and a recording project featuring great 20th century cello works.

Since winning his first concerto competition at the age of 11, Mr. Canellakis has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and has been the recipient of many honors, including First prize in the Musicatri International Competition in Italy and a top prize in the Johansen International Competition in Washington D.C.

From 2008-2010, Mr. Canellakis was in residence at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Academy, in which he performed regularly at Carnegie Hall and worked closely with New York City public schools to enhance their music education.  Mr. Canellakis graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Orlando Cole and Peter Wiley, and holds a master's degree from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Paul Katz and received the Gregor Piatigorsky Award.   Mr. Canellakis is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.

Filmmaking is a special interest of Mr. Canellakis.  He has produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, and hosts a comedy web series called "Conversations with Nick Canellakis," all of which can be found on his website at