K. Ioannou was born in Athens, on the 8th March of 1953. Through his
family, he learnt to love and appreciate Music, Literature, Poetry
and Cinema. Due to the fact that Yannis was the son of a refugee from
Minor Asia and later member of National Resistance against German
army of Hitler, he found out from his early age, how important is
for an individual to live his life by being honest and have principles.
He is proud for his father!
the age of ten, his started studying music in a building of the "Hellenic
Conservatory", learning Accordion by D. Metaxas; who taught Yianni
to be an open-minded musician, concerned with all different kinds
of music, to be an objective judge.
the same period of time, he discovered the existence of Byzantine
music, thanks to the neighborhood's priest - papa Averkios Kalfopoulos
- who proposed the creation of a children-chorus for the Orthodox
1966, he becomes a member of one of the dozens Rock groups of his
time, "The Youngbirds" playing the organ. "The Foremost"
is the group that follows for the next 7 years, during which time
Yannis had his first contact with the Record Industry, Cinema and
1968, he is interesting in the theoretical part of music, an interest
that makes him move from the "Orphic Conservatory" to the
"Apollonian Conservatory" next to Vasilis Dellios, who taught
him writing for Brass & Woodwind Instruments.
ends up to the "Conservatory of Athens", this time next
to M. Pallandios, K. Kydoniatis, Y. Ioannidis, M. Dragoumis and other
respectable teachers, whereby he completed his studies and he was
distinguished in Harmony and Counterpoint in 1983. In addition, he
studied Classical Orchestration (on physical & electronic musical
instruments, thanks to materials from Berklee College of Music at
Boston, MA, USA).
1982, he make his first appearance as a composer,
in the competition of the "Entehno Laiko Tragoudi" that
was organized by Communistic Youth of Greece "KNE" and the
dedicated newspaper "ODIGHITIS" where he is distinguished
by a committee such as, among others, Mikis Thedorakis, Yannis Ritsos et. al.
1986, synthesizers and computers started to be his main interest.
He is one of the pioneering self-taught computer musicians in Greece.
He first presented, in co-operation with composer/singer Nena Venetsanou
at Lycabetus Theater, songs and music from "Pandora's box"
in synchronizing computer-synthesizers & musicians with success.
he cooperated for two continuous years, with Alkistis Protopsalti,
Lina Nikolakopoulou, Stamatis Kraounakis and Andreas Voutsinas, on
the music project "LEOFOROS II" in synchronizing computer-synthesizers
& musicians, also with success.
K. Ioannou works as professional arranger, keyboardist and producer
in Greek Record Industry, in Concerts, in Musical Theaters and Television
from 1978. He has met and worked with almost every famous Greek
composers and singers in Greece.
Arleta "ASE TA KRYFA KRYMENA",
Dionysis Savopoulos " ZITO TO HELLINIKO
Haris & Panos Katsimichas "I MONAXIA
Giorgos Koros (violin),
Vasilis Saleas (clarinet),
arranged, conducted & composed music for various
TV music series:
THE BEGINNING THERE WAS THE WORD and
OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON by poet/lyricist Lefteris
Papadopoulos, dedicated to almost every Greek lyricist,
WHO SPOKE WITH NOTES,
OLD FRIENDS (George Papastefanou),
and Easter shows:
various Greek TV Channels like:
these shows replayed for many years.
written, interpreted and arranged music for the Music Comedy Theater
(Epitheorisi), starting at 1977 close to Menelaos Theofanides from
theater MINOA. His theatrical co-operations
included names like:
and from youngers
Nana Nikolaou (DI.PE.THE. Kozanis),
appear with well known artist, at USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Swizerland,
Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Georgia, South Africa and Cyprus.
1994 to 1996 he is closed partner of Mikis
Theodorakis, arranging and playing Piano & Synthesizers for
"Popular" Orchestra of him, and follows Mikis at international
tours, TV shows and Discography.
the winter of 1995-96 co-operated in the creation of a quality entertainment
together with Anastasia Moutsatsou, Pantelis Thalassinos, Gerasimos
Andreatos and Athina Morali at new musical scene "13 MOONS",
and co-operated with Vangelis interpreting
and re-arranging his music, for the first personal album of Vasilis Saleas "ORAMA" (FM Rec).
1997 he was the Arranger & Keyboardist in the historical show
of Savopoulos - Papakonstantinou "FOR ECONOMICAL REASONS",
while arranging the personal album of Vasilis
Papakonstantinou "Tell me a lie to sleep" (Minos -
EMI) including two compositions of his own.
the same time he finishes the first his his own production, with seven
compositions of his own for the young woman singer Kalliopi
Vetta under title "...IN THE LAND OF SONGS"
arranged for Contemporary Orchestra of Hellenic Radio & Television
June 2, 1997, he received his first Golden Record Award for the success
of two compositions in the album of famous Greek Rock singer Vasilis
Papakonstandinou "TELL ME A LIE TO SLEEP". The titles
of his two songs are "EFTYCHOS" and "ETSI M' ARESI"
on lyrics of Vasilis Yannopoulos (Minos - EMI).
June 19, 1997, he takes his second Golden Record Award for the success
of Arranged by him album of Vasilis Saleas (a Greek Gypsi Clarinet
Virtuoso) "ORAMA" (FM Rec), On music composed
Oct 1997 on he plays again with Popular Orchestra
"MIKIS THEODORAKIS", while in December puts together
one more project for Vasilis Saleas (FM Rec) the album LITANY with music of Mikis Theodorakis, which became "GOLD".one
day after released.
23 Apr 1998 starting presents, in music scene AEGLI of Thessaloniki,
a Dedication to MANOS HADJIDAKIS with singer Kalliopi Vetta, singer
& Cello player Taso Misyrlis & Georgia Velivasaki with success.
August 1999 the serious musical magazine Difono,
published his first interview,
- four pages long - to George Tsampras.
the near future, he plans the release of his first personal album,
while worked on a electronic music project based on the Solar System
and Zodiac Circle, under title "SOLARIUM"
today he has worked on more than:
200 discographic projects,
thousands live performances and concerts
and continues . . .