New Age music maestro Yanni to perform in Jeddah and Riyadh

Greek composer and pianist Yanni will hold four concerts in Jeddah and Riyadh under the supervision of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment.

The world renowned new gae maestro turned 63 today November 14. A reputed music composer, pianist and keyboardist, Yanni is famously known for his new-age music compositions and performances at unusual venues like the Taj Mahal and Acropolis Theater.

According to local media reports, the first Yanni concert will be held in King Abdullah Economic City on November 30. The second concert will also be held at the location on December 1.

Yanni, a naturalized American, will then perform at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center on December 3 and 4, according to Al Arabiya English.

Lebanese pianist Michel Fadel will also perform at Juman Park on November 16 and 17.

More about Yanni

One of the greatest new age musicians of all times, Yanni is a self-taught artist who continues to push the boundaries of music. Born in Greece, Yanni became an American citizen in early 70s. He has a major in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. In 1980 Yanni produced his first solo album ‘Optimystique’and developed his unique musical sound.

Video: Yanni performing “Santorini” from the album Live at the Acropolis in Greece.

Yanni travels extensively and uses his world experience to create complex and multi-cultural music.

He has performed in restrictively exclusive venues like the Taj Mahal in India and the Acropolis of Athens.

His creative and unique approach to music led him to develop his own musical shorthand when he was a child; he still uses it for his compositions. His long creative partnership with PBS proved that he is also effective at fundraising, and has raised millions of dollars to fund his own and other broadcast events. In addition to producing, directing and performing in his own orchestra, he also lends his charitable fundraising efforts to the World Wildlife Fund to promote the conservation of endangered species. As a keyboardist, composer and musician, he has received two Grammy nominations. Although his music is consistently labeled and enjoyed as a great example of the popular new age genre, he famously defies genre definitions and makes unique orchestral music that embodies his international repute.

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