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Yanni Chryssomalis, 14 November 1954, Kalamata, Greece. One of modern instrumental music’s most distinctive and popular composers, Yanni moved to the USA in 1972 where he attended the University of Minnesota, pursuing a degree in psychology while also playing with prog-rock band Chameleon. However, he is now a naturalized US citizen based in Los Angeles, California, leaving behind his academic studies to concentrate on richly orchestrated and complex keyboard compositions - he was already a self-taught musician with perfect pitch in Greece, as well as a one-time national swimming champion, though to this day he insists he cannot ‘read’ music. His statement of intent: ‘My goal is to connect with people emotionally. I take life’s experiences and translate them into music’, though perhaps a little pompous, has resulted in albums that have developed a huge following in his adopted homeland. The best example of this, and something of a...

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