Canellakis-Brown Duo Returns to Oakmont

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Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist-composer Michael Brown have been hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents: (Time Out New York) who “play with their antennae tuned to each other” (The Washington Post). Performing together throughout the world for more than a decade, they combine their unique talents to create a duo that combines masterpieces from the standard literature with original compositions and arrangements.

The Duo’s 2021-22 season includes appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, UC San Diego’s ArtPower, Parlance Chamber Concerts, Chamber Music Sedona, and New Orleans Friends of Music. Recent highlights include a sold-out New York City recital presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and several US tours. Canellakis and Brown regularly perform at leading music festivals, including Music@Menlo, Bard, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Santa Fe, La Jolla, Moab, Saratoga Springs, and Music in the Vineyards. Their debut duo album “Out of Darkness” features works by Barber, Shostakovich, Brown, and Canellakis.

Canellakis and Brown are both artists with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. They are guest curators for series around the country including the 2021 Music@Menlo Winter Focus Residency and at Chamber Music Sedona, where Canellakis is Artistic Director. Both maintain active solo careers, performing recitals and concertos each season. Canellakis, hailed as a “superb young soloist” (The New Yorker), made his Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra. Brown, called a “young piano visionary,” is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and was a 2018 Emerging Artist of Lincoln Center. Brown is also a critically acclaimed composer who has written many works for Canellakis, and for such organizations as the Maryland and New Haven Symphonies, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and Poland’s NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra. Canellakis is also a filmmaker and actor. He and Brown produce and star in a comedy web series called “Conversations with Nick Canellakis,” in which they conduct satirical interviews with stars of the classical music world.

All of their videos can be found on their websites, nicholascanellakis.com and michaelbrownmusic.com. The Canellakis-Brown Duo is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management www.samnyc.us.

For Dec. 9 program details please visit the Music at Oakmont website www.musicatoakmont.org.

Immediately following this concert the audience is cordially invited to celebrate the 100th birthday of our beloved founder, Bob Hayden.

Please note: Sonoma County guidelines will be followed at this concert. Please wear your mask and have ready your proof of vaccination, which will be checked at the door.

WHAT: Music at Oakmont
WHEN: Thursday Dec. 9, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Berger Center
ADMISSION: $25, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont, or your season pass