Pavlos Kanellakis started learning the classical guitar at the age of 7. From 1992 until 1998 he studied with Elena Papandreou at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece where he completed his Bachelor studies with ‘Distinction’.
In 2000 he entered the Musik Akademie Der Stadt Basel in Switzerland for Master studies in classical guitar under maestro Oscar Ghiglia and in 2003 he completed his studies there receiving the highest mark of the year among all guitar classes ‘Solisten Diplom – Auszeichnung’ .
In 2007 he began his PhD studies at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland under the supervision of guitarist Dr. John Feeley. His dissertation ‘Composer – Performer Collaboration in the creation of performing editions and CD recordings along with critical commentary in the music of Nikos Mamangakis’ was completed in 2012.
A prize winner of national and international guitar competitions, he has received 4 first prizes for his interpretation on the music of J.S.Bach among them the Gianluigi Fia Prize, at the Gargnano International Guitar Competition.
For more than 15 years he collaborated closely with the great Greek contemporary composer Nikos Mamangakis recording most of his music for solo guitar for the label Idaia including the work ‘New Excursion’ and ‘Concerto for Guitar’.
He has given concerts in Greece, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands,Austria, Italy, Latvia, Esthonia, Ireland and among the festivals that he has participated is Gidon Kremer’s string festival, Internationales Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus.