Born in Athens, Greece, Pavlos Kanellakis studied classical guitar with Elena Papandreou. He continued his studies in Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland under Oscar Ghiglia from which he graduated with the highest mark of the year, meriting the “Solistendiplom“award. In 2012 he completed his PhD studies at the Conservatory of Music, DIT, Ireland, under the supervision of Dr. John Feeley.
He has won several 1st and 2nd prizes in national and international competitions and has given concerts in Greece, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Ireland and the U.K. He collaborated closely for more than 20 years with the acclaimed Greek composer Nikos Mamangakis for whom he recorded most of his guitar works. He has also recorded for labels such as Sony Music, Naxos, LCMC and for EBU as well as for the Latvian and Greek classical radio.
He has collaborated with musicians of such caliber as Gidon Kremer, Theodor Currentzis, Savina Yannatou and John Feeley.
Pavlos has received scholarships from the A. Onassis foundation and the Dublin Institute of Technology for his Master and PhD studies respectively and he is teaching at the National University of Ireland.