Yanni (Yiannis Chrysomallis)

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Yiannis Chryssomallis (Greek: Γιάννης Χρυσομάλλης, Giánnis Chrysomállis; born November 14, 1954), known professionally as Yanni (/ˈjɑːni/ YAH-nee), is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States.

Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child, blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works. Although this genre of music was not well suited for commercial pop radio and music television, Yanni received international recognition by producing concerts at historic monuments and by producing videos that were broadcast on public television. His breakthrough concert, Live at the Acropolis, yielded the second best-selling music concert video of all time. Additional historic sites for Yanni's concerts have included India's Taj Mahal, China's Forbidden City, the United Arab Emirates' Burj Khalifa, Russia's Kremlin, Puerto Rico's El Morro castle, Lebanon's ancient city of Byblos, Tunisia's Roman Theatre of Carthage, India's Laxmi Vilas Palace, the Egyptian pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza, and the Amman Citadel.

At least sixteen of Yanni's albums have peaked at No. 1 in Billboard's "Top New Age Album" category, and two albums (Dare to Dream and In My Time) received Grammy Award nominations. Yanni has performed in more than 30 countries on five continents, and through late 2015 Yanni had performed live in concert before more than 5 million people and had accumulated more than 40 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales totaling over 25 million copies. A longtime fundraiser for public television, Yanni's compositions have been used on commercial television programs, especially for sporting events. He has written film scores and the music for an award-winning British Airways television commercial.

Yanni popularized the combination of electronic music synthesizers with a full scale symphony orchestra. He has employed musicians of various nationalities and has incorporated a variety of exotic instruments to create music that has been called an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds. Influenced by his encounters with cultures around the world, Yanni has been called a "true global artist" and his music is said to reflect his “one world, one people” philosophy.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Optimystique 3
1986 Keys to Imagination 1
1987 Out of Silence 2
1988 Chameleon Days 2
1989 Niki Nana 1
1992 Dare to Dream 3 3
1993 In My Time 1
1995 Ta Kalytera Toy No.2 1
2000 If I Could Tell You 1
2000 Whispers in the Dark 1
2003 Ethnicity 1
2009 Voces 1
2009 Voices 2
2010 Mexicanísimo 1
2011 Truth of Touch 1
2012 My Passion for México 1
2014 Inspirato 1
2016 Sensuous Chill 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Reflections of Passion 1
1991 In Celebration of Life 2
1992 Romantic Moments 2
1994 A Collection of Romantic Themes 3
1997 In the Mirror 2
1997 Port of Mystery 1
1997 Nightbird: The Encore Collection 1
1997 Devotion: The Best of Yanni 1
1997 Enraptured: A Collection of Yanni Favorites 1
1998 Forbidden Dreams: The Encore Collection, Volume 2 1
1998 Sanctuary 1
1999 Love Songs 2
1999 Songs From the Heart 1
1999 Someday 1
1999 Winter Light 1
2000 Snowfall 1
2000 The Very Best of Yanni 1
2003 Ultimate Yanni 1
2008 Collections 1
Enchantment: Music From the Heart 1
My World in Music - The Collection 1
Yanni - Greatist Hits, Volume 1 1
Yanni - Greatist Hits, Volume 2 1
Yanni - Greatist Hits, Volume 3 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Live at the Acropolis 2
1997 Tribute 1
2006 Yanni Live! The Concert Event 3 2
2012 Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 I Love You Perfect 1
1995 Heart of Midnight 1
1999 Steal the Sky 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Aria 1

EP + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Yanni Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2010 The Inspiring Journey 1
2016 The Dream Concert 1
Yanni Gold 1

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