He was born on November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece. He is a self taught pianist, keyboardist and composer. He was swimmer in Greece. At the age of 18 he attended the University of Minnesota. After receiving a B.A. in psychology he would instead seek
A life in music though he had no formal training and could not read a note.
He earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album, Dare to Dream, and the 1993 follow-up in my Time, but his success came with the 1994 release of Yanni live at the Acropolis deemed to be the second best selling music video of the time.
He sold over 20 million copies around the world.
Yanni is considered to be one of the top fundraiser of all time for public television.
His compositions have been included in all Olimpic Games, television broadcast since 1988 and is extensively in sporting events.
His music is frequently described as new age.