Awesome of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Conversations with Nick Canellakis is my newest obsession. This web series features Nick and his duo partner, Michael Brown interviewing prominent classical musicians a la a slightly subdued Wayne’s World. Party time, excellent.
The most recent interview (Episode 13) in their series is with world-renowned pianist, Leon Fleisher. Watching it is kind of like when you see some of the most reserved celebrities guest-starring on SNL and being hilarious.
Kudos due again to the Facebook page of Michael Sheppard where I always go when I’m having writer’s block!
More about Nick Canellakis:
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. Continue reading…