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Name: Yanni                                                                                         
Birth name: Yiannis Hrysomallis                                                                     
Born: 14 November 1954 Kalamata, Greece                                                             
Yanni (born Yiannis Hrysomallis on November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece) is a self-taught pianist, 
keyboardist, and composer. Yanni left his homeland at the age of 18 to attend                       
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. After playing keyboards in local rock bands such as Chameleon, he moved                     
to California in pursuit of movie soundtrack work. In 1987, he put together a                       
small band which included long-time bandmate Charlie Adams, and John Tesh, and                     
began touring to promote his earliest instrumental albums, Keys to Imagination,                     
Out of Silence, and Chameleon Days. He later earned Grammy nominations for his                     
1992 album, Dare to Dream, and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. His breakthrough                     
success came with the release of Yanni Live at the Acropolis, a concert filmed                     
on September 23, 1993 at the Herod Atticus Theater in Athens, Greece, deemed to                     
be the second best-selling music video of all time. A composition from this                         
release, "Acroyali/Standing in Motion" has been found to have the "Mozart Effect".                 
Yanni has since performed live in concert before in excess of two million people                   
in more than 20 countries around the world. His North American concert tours in                     
1995, 1998 and 2003-5 each finished in the Top 10 concert tours of the year. He                     
has accumulated more than 35 platinum and gold albums globally, with sales                         
totaling over 20 million copies. Considered to be one of the top fundraisers                       
of all time for public television, he has appeared on several major PBS Pledge                     
TV Specials such as A Decade Of Excellence, including segments from Live At The                     
Acropolis, Tribute, and Live At Royal Albert Hall, London. Yanni's compositions                     
have been included in all Olympic Games television broadcasts since 1988, and                       
his music has been used extensively in television and televised sporting events.                   
In 1997, he become one of the few performers allowed to perform at the Taj Mahal,                   
India. His most recent live concert film, Yanni Live! The Concert Event, was                       
released in 2006.                                                                                   
On May 06, 2004, the regents of the University of Minnesota conferred upon Yanni                   
the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.