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Although many fans and critics call his music "New Age," Yanni himself has distanced himself from that label. In his autobiography, Yanni devotes an entire chapter to the subject, stating that he prefers to call his music "contemporary instrumental." Early in his life, Yanni tried to forge a career in rock and roll, touring with locally popular bands in the Midwest United States. His most popular group was Chameleon, a band that earned some modest commercial success touring throughout the Midwest, particularly in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and South Dakota.

Eventually, Yanni grew tired of the Rock and Roll lifestyle and focused solely on his instrumental career as a soloist. Most of early music relied heavily on the synthesizer and received little airplay, except on New Age radio stations in larger markets.

Yanni's breakthrough commercial success came with the release of his album and video, Live at the Acropolis (1993), which was filmed live at the Herodian Amphitheater, under the Parthenon, in Athens, Greece. This was Yanni's first album which utilized a full orchestra rather than a handful of studio musicians, and his first live album. Subsequently, the concert was broadcast in the US on PBS. It proved to be one of PBS's most popular programs ever, and the resulting album sales brought Yanni's biggest commercial success to date.

Yanni continues to record and tour, selling out arenas despite his critics' fervent dislike of his music. He dated actress Linda Evans from 1989 until 1998.

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Yanni is the popular name for Yanni Chrysomallis, a popular keyboardist and composer. He was born in 1954 in Kalamata, Greece.Yanni, while not fluent in the standard scale notation of music, has the remarkable gift of perfect pitch and composes his pieces in a shorthand form of his own devising.

Yanni's grandiose keyboard style is both accessible and exciting, two elements that have led to his success in the realm of adult-alternative radio. His explosive, pop-influenced instrumentals and romantic pianistic ballads have also made him a popular touring and recording artist for the Private Music label. In addition to his original television, commercial, and film scores, Yanni's music has been used extensively on programs like Wide World of Sports and coverage of the Olympic Games. This aspect of his career seems especially appropriate when you consider that he achieved early success not as a musician, but as a member of the Greek National Swimming Team. (He broke the national freestyle record at age 14.) Born in Kalamata, Greece, Yanni arrived in the U.S. after high school and obtained a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota before diving headfirst into music. It didn't take long for the self-taught keyboardist and composer to establish himself as a studio musician, jingles composer, and producer. After gaining an impressive cult-following for his first independently released album, Yanni was picked up by Private Music and has become one of the label's best-selling artists. One of the most visible artists in the contemporary instrumental realm, Yanni's rise to fame was expedited in the early '90s by his romantic relationship with actress Linda Evans, which gained him coverage on mainstream programs like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous as well as appearances on the daytime talk-show circuit.
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