The funniest man in classical music?

The funniest man in classical music?


norman lebrecht

May 14, 2022

The cellist Nick Canellakis, 38, has traded a career as a straight cello soloist for a portfolio career as film-maker, actor, comic and, yes, cellist.

He’s the latest entrant in Zsolt Bognar’s Living the Classical Life.


  • Nightowl says:

    The whole interview is amazing!

  • J Barcelo says:

    And his sister, Karina, is a talented conductor. He definitely has the sense of humor.

  • Gerry McDonald says:

    Funniest man in classical music is Rainer Hirsch without a doubt!

  • Sar Dinia says:

    Portfolio career? Does that mean he has to carry around a portfolio at all times? And, no, I don’t agree to storage and handling of my data by this website.

  • Anon says:

    I saw this very interesting article regarding Bognar and his show.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    The funniest man in classical music? I did not get that sense from this interview.

    And his acting coach … he must be six months behind on his rent and it’s his landlord knocking because in the normal world people WILL leave if no one answers the door. They don’t keep knocking for no result.

  • DG says:

    He and his sister were in the orchestra at Manhattan School of Music Prep Division with me (20+ years ago now) and it’s great to see them both have such success.

  • music lover says:

    And his sis is fantastic,too!!!!Brilliant family!!!!

  • Brian says:

    I always enjoyed the online interview show that Nick did with Michael Brown some years back. Some were really funny – with guests like Yuja and Yannick. I always wondered why they stopped but I suspect that they wanted to put forward a more serious classical image.

    Though they pulled most of the old shows from YouTube, a few are still archived here:

    • john Kelly says:

      Yes, they were great. I loved the one with Osmo Vanska who wasn’t quite sure he was having his leg pulled – the bit where Nick insists Sibelius was Swedish…..

      • Brian says:

        Yes, that was a good one. It’s a shame the interviewer above didn’t ask about Nick the “conversations” series or classical comedy. And what sort of acting is Nick doing now? It’s teased but never really discussed.

  • Brit S. says:

    Have you ever heard of Igudesman & Joo? Or Georg Breinschmid? Some of my favourites…