Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and thrilling performances. Comprised of cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist/composer Michael Brown, the Duo presents innovative programs that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements.
In 2013-14 the Duo appears at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Moab Music Festival in Utah, Music Mountain in Connecticut, and several other recital venues throughout the country. In recent seasons, they have been featured on New York City’s WQXR and have played at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Bargemusic and the Look and Listen Festival in New York, and as ensemble-in-residence at Barbès, a popular bar and performance space in Brooklyn.Expand Complete Bio
Nicholas Canellakis and Michael Brown are affiliated with some of the most prestigious performing arts organizations in New York City. Mr. Canellakis, known for his “rich, alluring tone” (The New York Times), is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a frequent performer at major music festivals. Mr. Brown, hailed in The New York Times as a “young piano visionary,” is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and recently made his Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony. Mr. Canellakis and Mr. Brown have performed at prominent venues and music festivals across the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Marlboro, Ravinia, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor, and Mostly Mozart.
Mr. Brown is also a critically acclaimed composer whose works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Ravinia. He has written four works for Mr. Canellakis, the most recent being “Self-Portrait,” a cello/piano work with an original film written and directed by Mr. Canellakis. Praised in The New York Times for its “evocative score,” it was premiered at the Look and Listen Festival last spring and featured on opening night at the 2013 Moab Music Festival.
In addition to performing as a recital duo, Mr. Canellakis and Mr. Brown produce and star in a YouTube comedy series called “Conversations with Nick Canellakis,” in which they conduct satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world. Mr. Canellakis has also produced and directed several music videos and fictional shorts, which can also be found on YouTube.