The Composer YanniBy far the best known of all New Age musicians, Yanni has earned an international following of fans that appreciate the soothing sounds of his songs. Being born in Greece, the composer and piano player learned the importance of relaxation at an early age and it has always been present in his music, whether in recorded format or live for those people fortunate enough to see Yanni in concert. His early albums, Dare to Dream and In My Time, were both nominated for Grammy awards, but it was not until the relase of his live album, Yanni Live at the Acropolis, in 1994. Since that time, Yanni songs have been heard on radio stations across the globe.
It is estimated that over two million people have seen Yanni in concert in a total of 20 international countries. In addition, his total record sales tower at an impressive number of 20 million individual units. With these sales, 35 of the Yanni songs and albums have been certified gold or platinum. Like his contemporary artist, John Tesh, the two have brought a refreshing influence to New Age music and brought it into the mainstream.
In addition to the music of Yanni, the man is also involved in many different charity and nonprofit organizations. He is widely considered to be one of the top generators of funds for the cause of public television. His music has been used in many different situations and his songs can frequently be heard in movies, televisions, and advertisements. The year 2011 saw Yanni release his 14th official studio album, titled Truth of Touch. His last international tour took place in 2010 an saw the artist visit a number of locations on the continent of South America. In the United States, Yanni toured 43 cities, including some in Canada, in the early part of 2011.