In bustling Athens, Greece, practically in the shadow of the Acropolis.
In the pleasant seaside town of Kalamata, Greece.
In Rome, Italy, near many opera houses.
In Vienna, Austria, the City of Music.
Yanni's parents continually urged him to take music lessons, and he finally relented.
Yanni's childhood musical interest was first inspired by various New Age and rock musicians.
Yanni was inspired by radio broadcasts from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Yanni followed naturally in the footsteps of his parents, both of whom were career musicians.
Yanni is essentially self-taught, still using a musical notation he himself developed in childhood.
At the insistence of his parents, Yanni attended the Juilliard School in New York.
Seeking contemporary influences, Yanni attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Valuing its classical training program, Yanni attended the Royal Academy of Music in London.
The "Chameleon Days" album, named after the band Chameleon of which Yanni was a part.
The "Dare to Dream" album, nominated for a Grammy award.
The "In My Time" album, nominated for a Grammy award.
The "Live at the Acropolis" live concert, which yielded an album and video.
Yanni set a Greek national record in a swimming competition during his teen years.
The government of China allowed Yanni to symbolically "adopt" a giant panda cub.
Yanni has been a long-time supporter and collaborator with public television in the U.S.
Yanni has an advanced degree black belt in a martial art emphasizing spiritual growth.
Members of Yanni's family were embedded in the music industry, providing the know-how and contacts to make a career.
At great financial risk, Yanni self-produced concerts at world monuments, videos of which were subsequently broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Yanni predicted the growing popularity of the "New Age" music genre in the 1980s, and heavily promoted that aspect of his music.
Yanni energized his rock music roots until, through hard work and determination, he achieved substantial air time on commercial radio.
Yanni invented New Age music in the 1980s, and others followed.
Most of Yanni's early-favorite musicians were New Age musicians, so he naturally followed their example.
The music industry demanded Yanni adopt a category for his music, and he eventually relented.
Yanni avoids categorization of his music, and sees categories as limiting the music that expresses his emotions.
The Forbidden City in China
The Taj Mahal in India
The Acropolis in Greece
Chichen Itza in Mexico
Yanni received a business degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, enabling him to self-produce and market his music.
Yanni received a degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, which almost three decades later also granted him an honorary degree.
Yanni received a certification from Le Conservatoire de Paris, broadly grounding him in many aspects of music theory and practice.
Yanni did not attend any college or university, having single-mindedly pursued a music career from his teen years.
Yanni published a 2003 autobiography "Yanni in Words", which reached the New York Times Bestseller List.
Yanni has published an educational video series on music composition, available from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
During a rest from touring in the late 1990s, Yanni wrote a column for a music-industry publication, aimed at guiding aspiring young musicians.
Yanni publications are limited to his music albums, videos and songbooks.
Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of about 10 countries in Europe and the Americas.
Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of about 20 countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
Yanni and his orchestra went on live performance tours of over 30 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
Yanni focused almost solely on producing new studio albums, having completed his touring days with "Yanni Live! The Concert Event" in 2004.
Yanni exercises vigorously, to amp up his personal energy level for the demands of live performance.
Yanni busies himself with paperwork and business matters, to work off the nervous jitters.
Yanni retreats for a time to a quiet environment, to center himself for the energetic performance to follow.
Yanni hovers over the members of his orchestra and stage crew, comprehensively managing each detail.
Yanni chooses musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that most remind him of his childhood in Greece.
Yanni favors musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that are politically allied with the two countries in which he has been granted citizenship.
Yanni favors musical elements, musicians, and concert sites that have been shown to favor the "New Age" music genre.
Yanni chooses musical elements, musicians, and concert sites across international borders to form a sort of "United Nations" in music.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
The Grammy Awards
Yanni has composed film and television soundtracks, including music for broadcasts of the Olympic Games.
Yanni adapted music from an 1883 French opera for an award-winning late-1980s television commercial for British Airways.
Yanni wrote a song that became a final-round nominee in the Greek Parliament for becoming the new national anthem.
Yanni's works are mostly instrumental, but he has created two albums and several individual tracks featuring vocalists.
In coordination with his orchestra and vocalists, Yanni plays multiple keyboards and even a piano.
An extensive light show is synchronized with much of the music as it is played.
At various times, respective musicians and vocalists are allowed to "shine" in the spotlight.
Except for polite recognition at the end of the concert, the individual musicians and vocalists remain in the shadows.
The district of Greece in which he spent his idyllic childhood.
Yanni's beloved mother, Felitsa.
World peace, as the title means "peace" in Greek.
Wishing good luck and good fortune for all peoples of the world.
Yanni writes works that are almost always instrumental because it is so hard to find vocalists willing to work with his demanding "New Age" melodies.
Yanni values the sound of the human voice as a musical instrument.
Yanni leans away from using lyrics because language, which works through the intellect, tends to limit the meaning and emotional impact of the song.
Yanni released an album in which world famous opera singers perform lyrics that were added to some of his previous instrumental works.
Numerous countries have refused to allow Yanni to perform, because of his residence in the United States.
Numerous countries have refused to allow Yanni to perform, because of the nationalities of some of his orchestra members.
Dozens of nations have welcomed Yanni and his orchestra as ambassadors of peace and understanding.
Yanni has avoided countries whose governments have been accused of past human rights violations.