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Yanni

Biography

Self-taught MODERN keyboardist who was simply known for his musical shorthand: a blending of jazz, traditional, soft rock and roll, and world music. Greater than a dozen of his albums had been No. 1 in the very best New Age Record category on Billboard. He established a Greek nationwide record within the 50-meter freestyle swim when he was 14. His debut studio room album “Optimystique” fell in 1984. This is accompanied by “Tips to Creativity” in 1986. His music was typically known as MODERN, but he chosen for it to become called modern instrumental. H was created Yiannis Chryssomallis. He dated celebrity Linda Evans from 1989 until 1998. His music group within the 1980s included drummer Charlie Adams and pianist and vocalist John Tesh.

Quick Facts


Full Name Yanni
Date Of Birth November 14, 1954
Place Of Birth Kalamata, Greece
Height 1.8 m
Profession Composer
Education University of Minnesota
Nationality Greek
Parents Sotiri Chryssomallis, Felitsa Chryssomallis
Awards World Music Award for World's Best Selling Greek Artist
Music Groups Chameleon
Nominations Grammy Award for Best New Age Album
Movies Yanni Voices, Live at Royal Albert Hall, Yanni: Live at the Acropolis, Baby of the Bride, When You Remember Me, Children of the Bride, Steal the Sky, Heart of Midnight, Nitti the Enforcer, She'll Take Romance, Nitti: The Enforcer
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Is set to be a guest speaker at the University of Minnesota's 2004 Annual Celebration where he will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree. [March 2004]
2His name means "John with golden hair" in Greek.
3Favorite hobbies include swimming, cooking and piano.
4Self-taught with perfect pitch, he cannot read music.
5Autobiography, "Yanni In Words."
62nd of 3 children.
7In 1969, at age 14, he broke the Greek National record for the men's 50-meter swimming freestyle.
8Has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
9(1989-1998) Dated Linda Evans


Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt2016TV Movie
Yanni: World Without Borders2014TV Movie
Yanni: Live at El Morro2012TV Movie
Yanni: Voices2008TV Movie
Yanni Live! The Concert Event2006TV Movie
Faith1998Short
Yanni: Tribute1997TV Movie documentary
Yanni: Live at the Acropolis1994TV Special
A Taste of Freedom1991Documentary
She'll Take Romance1990TV Movie
When You Remember Me1990TV Movie
Children of the Bride1990TV Movie
I Love You Perfect1989TV Movie
Heart of Midnight1988
Steal the Sky1988TV Movie
Frank Nitti: The Enforcer1988TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
So You Think You Can Dance2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aperture: A Triumph of Science2011Short "Santorini"
Yanni: Voices - Live from the Forum in Acapulco2009TV Movie writer: "Before the Night Ends", "Our Days"
Yanni: Voices2008TV Movie writer: "Before the Night Ends"
Oi Ellines2001TV Series writer: "Adagio in C Minor"
Beavis and Butt-Head1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
Treasure Hunt1994"Reflections of Passion"
The Last Days of Chez Nous1992performer: "Nostalgia" / writer: "Nostalgia"
Wishman1992performer: "Reflections of Passion" / writer: "Reflections of Passion"
Miami Vice1989TV Series performer - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt2016TV Movie producer
Yanni: World Without Borders2014TV Movie executive producer
Yanni: A Living Legacy2010TV Movie executive producer
Yanni: Voices2008TV Movie executive producer
Yanni: Live at the Acropolis1994TV Special executive producer / producer

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt2016TV Movie musician
Yanni Live! The Concert Event2006TV Movie orchestrator
Somewhere2004composer: additional music
Yanni: Live at the Acropolis1994TV Special composer: all music composed by
Heart of Midnight1988music scoring engineer

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yanni: Live at El Morro2012TV Movie sound
Yanni Live! The Concert Event2006TV Movie sound engineer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dream Concert: Live from the Great Pyramids of Egypt2016TV MovieHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHimself
Yanni: World Without Borders2014TV MovieHimself
Yanni: Live at El Morro2012TV MovieHimself
Teletón XIV2010TV SpecialHimself
Yanni: A Living Legacy2010TV MovieHimself
Disney Parks Christmas Parade Special2009TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Yanni: Voices - Live from the Forum in Acapulco2009TV MovieHimself
Yanni: Voices2008TV MovieHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHimself
My Big Fat Greek Life2003TV SeriesHimself
ArtStreet2003TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2003TV SeriesHimself
Solace: A Windham Hill Collection1999Video documentaryHimself
Yanni: Tribute1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Yanni: Live at the Acropolis1994TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself

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#Quote
1Creativity is an inherent human quality of the highest order. When we create, we become more than the sum of our parts.

#Trademark
1Long Hair


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