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Yanni: Bio

Yanni's grandiose keyboard style is both accessible and exciting, two elements that have led to his success in the realm of adult alternative radio. His explosive, pop-influenced instrumentals and romantic pianistic ballads have also made him a popular touring and recording artist for the Private Music label. In addition to his original television, commercial, and film scores, Yanni's music has been used extensively on programs like Wide World of Sports and coverage of the Olympic games. This aspect of his career seems especially appropriate when you consider that he achieved early success not as a musician, but as a member of the Greek national swimming team. (He broke the national freestyle record at age 14.)

Born in Kalamata, Greece, Yanni arrived in the U.S. after high school and obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota before diving headfirst into music. It didn't take long for the self-taught keyboardist and composer to establish himself as a studio musician, jingles composer, and producer. After gaining an impressive cult following for his first independently released album, Yanni was picked up by Private Music and has become one of the label's
best-selling artists.

One of the most visible artists in the contemporary instrumental realm, Yanni's rise to fame was expedited in the early '90s by his romantic relationship with actress Linda Evans, which gained him coverage on mainstream programs like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as well as appearances on the daytime talk-show circuit.
Linda Kohanov, All Music Guide

Yanni, in collaboration with legendary producer Ric Wake, has discovered and developed four of the most extraordinary young voices in music today. Two years in the making, Yanni returns to the global stage with a dazzling new tour. For the first time ever, Yanni re-interprets his classic compositions and debuts new music introducing show-stopping vocalists Nathan Pacheco, Chloe, Ender Thomas,
and Leslie Mills.

You can preview some of the new music using the player to the right.

See Yanni Voices Live In Concert, The 2009 Tour. Visit the Tour section or click here to get tickets and VIP Packages for what is sure to be the Concert Event of the Year! Expect the unexpected.

1 Renee Fleming: I Genitori  
2 Vittorio Grigolo: Come Un Sospiro  
3 Placido Domingo: Ode alla Grecia  
4 Katherine Jenkins: L'ombra dell'Angelo  
5 Nathan Pacheco: Amare Di Nuovo  
6 Placido Domingo & Renee Fleming: Hasta el Ultimo Momento  
7 Placido Domingo & Nathan Pacheco: Riconoscimento  
8 Russell Watson: Incanto  
9 Placido Domingo: Il Primo Tocco  
10 Lauren Jelencovich: Usignolo  
11 Rolando Villazon: La prima luce  
12 Pretty Yende: Ode a L'Humanite  
13 Katherine Jenkins & Nathan Pacheco: Nello specchio  
Yanni - Riconoscimento (Tribute)
Yanni Interview Live 1/7

The beautiful instrumental melodies of internationally renowned composer YANNI have gained him over 40 platinum and gold albums throughout the world. Now his popularity looks set to cross even more borders. Working in partnership with the legendary operatic superstar Plácido Domingo and Ric Wake, YANNI has assembled a stellar line-up of the greatest singers to perform on his new album, INSPIRATO, available April 29th on Sony Music Masterworks. His timeless compositions have been transformed by the addition of lyrics and tell the story of the loves of YANNI's life. 

12 NEW 'ON'  34 TOTAL
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