YANNI is a legendary composer and live performer who has brought hundreds of millions of fans and fellow world citizens together via his concerts, with over two billion more experiencing the magic of his music through television broadcasts worldwide. YANNI’s iconic performances at the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China, the Royal Albert Hall in England and El Morro in Puerto Rico have crossed countless borders and have resonated with billions across the globe.
YANNI has been awarded more than 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide and has sold more than 25 million albums globally. His most recent live album, YANNI: Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico and studio album Truth of Touch have seen chart-topping success.
March 21, 2013 marked the start of his current World Tour, World Without Borders, which has taken YANNI and his orchestra throughout Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The tour is continuing and will include Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and the United States, among others. YANNI is bringing an all-new show performing audience favorites, including “Truth of Touch,” “Voyage,” and “Vertigo,” from Yanni’s latest studio album, Truth of Touch (2011). Also featured is a new version of YANNI’s signature song “Nightingale,” and other classics that have not been recorded in decades, including “The End of August,” “The Rain Must Fall,” and “Felitsa.”
As YANNI travels throughout the world, he continues to support children, music and education in the countries he visits. He has become a spokesperson for NASA as they have found YANNI’s message to be closely aligned with theirs. Josh Byerly, NASA’s Public Affairs Officer states, “Our astronauts aboard the International Space Station often speak about how there are no boundaries, no borders in space. We are truly one human kind. Yanni has conveyed the same message through his music.”
YANNI has also entered into a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund aimed at raising awareness of giant panda conservation. YANNI was inspired to help protect giant pandas after he “adopted” a two-month old panda cub at the Chinese Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in October 2011. YANNI was the first western artist to be given the honor of symbolically adopting one of Chengdu’s pandas (a privilege reserved almost exclusively for nations rather than personalities, and is considered one of China’s highest honors). During his most recent visit to China, YANNI performed live on CCTV during their Spring Festival Gala broadcast to over 1 billion people globally. YANNI was the first non-Chinese artist to participate in this event.
Truth of Touch, released in 2011, returned YANNI to the contemporary instrumental form that made him an international superstar. The album—his 19th overall and 16th studio release—is YANNI’s first collection of primarily instrumental music since 2003. It was recorded with producer-songwriter Ric Wake, YANNI’s key collaborator on his last two albums, Yanni Voices and the Spanish-language Yanni Voces. The project grew organically out of a six-month break from touring and recording.
Born Yanni Chryssomallis in southern Greece, YANNI came to the U.S. to attend the University of Minnesota, which gave him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2005. He studied psychology, but ultimately dedicated himself to music. At school, he played with the group Chameleon before moving to Los Angeles, where he released his first album, Optimystique, in 1980.
YANNI delved into instrumental composing, and had his first platinum album with Reflections of Passion in 1990. Two years later, Dare To Dream netted his first GRAMMY nomination; its follow up, In My Time, earned another nod. YANNI’s major breakthrough came with 1993’s Yanni Live at the Acropolis, an album/video/PBS project seen by half a billion people in 65 countries. It marked the beginning of YANNI’s long association with PBS, and built a truly global audience for his music. To date, YANNI has sold more than 25 million albums globally, and his 2003 autobiography, Yanni In Words, made the New York Times bestseller list. His music is also a staple as a soundtrack for television, especially major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, The Super Bowl, The Tour De France, and the PGA Golf Championships, since 1988.
Over the past several years, YANNI’s ongoing studio explorations have resulted in more than 300 songs. He also extensively toured, performing sold-out concerts in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America. Even as the road beckons once again, YANNI’s heart also remains in studio with all the music he’s created of late. “I’ve been having fun,” he says. “What I’ve learned is when a song hits you, when something moves you to write, it’s an emotion. All of life comes together, and you have to follow it. I want to take my audiences on a journey. They don’t know what’s coming next, but I promise it will be a pleasant surprise.”