Yanni Bio

Who is Yanni

Self-taught New Age keyboardist who was known for his musical shorthand: a blending of jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music. More than a dozen of his albums were No. 1 in the Top New Age Album category on Billboard.

Early Life (Childhood)

He set a Greek national record in the 50-meter freestyle swim when he was 14. His debut studio album "Optimystique" dropped in 1984. This was followed by "Keys to Imagination" in 1986.

Interesting Facts

Yanni has had a collaborative relationship with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in its fundraising efforts since the early years of his career, reportedly raising more than $13 million for that organization. The Yanni Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico production (2012) was Yanni's tenth collaboration with PBS.

Personal Life

He dated actress Linda Evans from 1989 until 1998.His music was commonly referred to as New Age, but he preferred for it to be called contemporary instrumental.